Spirit Sands & Devil's Punchbowl - Hiking Trail Information
Spirit Sands & Devil's Punchbowl Trail Map
Cacti, sand dunes, high temperatures, and refreshing rain.
There are a variety of trails that sprout from the main trailhead. You can trek to a canoe launch, an interpretive shelter, or Devil’s Punch Bowl, which is the highlight of the area.
You’ll come face-to-face with 30-metre sand dunes, but this is no desert — 400 mm of annual rainfall sees to that. Nevertheless, the Sahara-like terrain of Spirit Sands, located in Spruce Woods Provincial Park, about two hours west of Winnipeg (27 km south of Carberry), offers two- to 3.5-hour hiking routes with spectacular payoff. From the trailhead at Seton Bridge, take either a three- or 5.5-km trail (one-way) through shifting sands, ever encroached on by forest and rich with cacti, en route to the Devil’s Punch Bowl, a 45-metre depression containing an ethereal blue-green pool; a visible segment of one of the many underground rivers. Drinking water and washrooms are available along the well-marked trail. Fall is the best time to tackle this easy jaunt, as summer’s heat can be oppressive. Beware of the abundant poison ivy!
Be sure to bring bug spray and extra water for the trip. The trail is best done from April to October.
HOW TO GET THERE
This trail is just over two hours' drive from Winnipeg. The trail is located within Spruce Woods Provincial Park, off PTH 5 along the Assiniboine River.
Head West from Winnipeg on Highway 1 and turn left onto MB-5 South. Or, take Route 42 South and Turn north onto MB-5. Both routes take approximately the same time.
View a map of driving directions to the Spirit Sands & Devil's Punchbowl.
CAMPING AT SPIRIT SANDS & DEVIL'S PUNCHBOWL
Walk-in backcountry camping is allowed.
DOGS AT SPIRIT SANDS & DEVIL'S PUNCHBOWL
Must be kept on-leash.
TOILETS AT SPIRIT SANDS & DEVIL'S PUNCHBOWL
Toilets are available at some campsites.
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