Description - **All information provided by The Kansas Department of Wildlife and Parks**
A unique natural area, Sand Hills State Park is a wildlife watcher’s delight. Located northeast of Hutchinson in Reno County, the park features an excellent system of trails that winds through 1,123 acres of sand dunes, native prairie, wetlands, and woodlands. Visitors are limited to walk-in access to help protect the area’s natural features. A trail access permit is required for persons 16 years of age or older.
Two wildlife observation blinds allow visitors a close up view of ducks, geese, songbirds, deer, muskrats and more. The most popular activities at Sand Hills are hiking and horseback riding. Eight different trails provide hikers and horseback riders a variety of natural environments. The trails range from one mile to almost four miles in length, and are open throughout the year. Most trails start from four parking lots located on 56th Street or 69th Street.
Archery deer and turkey, and upland game hunting are available only by special permit. Contact the Cheney State Park office (316/542-3664) for information.
Archery deer and turkey, and upland game hunting are available only by special permit.
trails wind through 1,230 acres of sand dunes. The trails range from one mile to almost four miles in length, and are open throughout the year. Most trails start from four parking lots located on 56th Street or 69th Street.
Recreation - Hunting, Hiking
Climate - Kansas has an annual mean temperature almost as high as that of Virginia, more sunshine than that of any state to the east, and generous summer rains.
The State lies across the path of alternate masses of warm moist air moving north from the Gulf of Mexico and currents of cold, comparatively dry, air moving from the polar regions. Consequently, its weather is subject to frequent and often sharp changes, usually of short duration.
Summers are inclined to be warm--often the word "hot" describes them best--but are healthful, with low relative humidity during periods of high temperatures, and usually a good wind movement. Heat prostrations are almost unknown. Summer nights are usually cool, especially in the western counties.
Winters are drier, with more sunshine than those of eastern states. The average snowfall is less than that of other states, except those located farther south. Michigan, Pennsylvania, New York, and the New England States normally have from two to three times as much snowfall as Kansas.
East of K-61 on 56th & 69th Streets