We are located at:
Colored Sands Forest Preserve
10602 Haas Rd
Rockton, Illinois 61072
Seasonal Hours: Spring Season (Mid March to End of May) and Fall Season (Mid August to End of November) on Saturday (Sunrise to 12:00 p.m.), and Sunday (Sunrise to 12:00 p.m.). If you are unsure if we are open because of time of the year or weather, please call 815-629-2671.
Colored Sands is a 303.9-acre preserve that contains a dedicated Illinois Nature Preserve, the Sand Bluff Bird Observatory and a restored sand prairie. The Nature Preserve in the southern third protects several unique habitats and harbors several Illinois endangered and threatened plant and animal species. The Sand Bluff Bird Observatory is one of the largest small-bird banding facilities in the country. Hiking trails provide access to the preserve and to the river for fishing.