Sand Hills State Park

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Located north of Hutchinson, about one mile east of K-61 on either 56 th  Street or 69 th  Street

Sand Hills State Park, a 1,123 acre natural area, has been preserved for its sand dunes, grasslands, wetlands, and woodlands. Popular activities at the park are hiking and horseback riding. Other activities include hunting, bird watching, wildflower walks, jogging and just simple relaxation in the country.

There are eight trails in the park which are broken down into interpretive, hiking and horseback riding trails. There are 14 miles of trails which weave in between 10 to 40-feet high sand dunes, through grasslands and trees, and around ponds. Modern facilities are limited to two vault toilets.

Campgrounds have been constructed and are open for reservations at ReserveAmerica.com

Phone:
Address:
4207 E. 56th
Hutchinson ,KS    67502
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Park News - Updated: 03/16/2015

New projects are horse manure bunks and pads for the dumpsters to set on.  Future plans include a shelter and year-round bathroom.  We are working on the bunks and pads now but are hopeful to start the other plans soon.

Trail permits are no longer required at Sand Hills State Park. It is now like other state parks in Kansas where a vehicle permit is required on vehicles entering the park or parking in the lots.

Another future endeaver will be cabins. We are looking forward to having 3 cabins available for use some time soon. Plans are under way at this time. Be sure to check out the cabin at the State Fair to see what the cabins will resemble.

2014 Trail Rider

The North American Trail Ride Conference (NATRCâ„¢) will be holding its second annual trail ride competition April 10-12, 2015 at the Sand Hills State Park in Kansas. The event will be held to increase awareness about NATRC and the new equine camping facilities at Sand Hills State Park.

Ride manager, Liz Klamm, explains, "NATRC is a non-profit organization that provides distance competitive trail rides for riders of all equine breeds and from all disciplines. For over 54 years, through these rides we have been educating and informing horse folks about how to care for and manage horses ridden over long distances. The competitors are friendly and helpful to new contestants."

General Information

Phone:
Address:
4207 E. 56th
 
Hutchinson , KS    67502
County/Counties:

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North of Hutchinson on K-61, Can be accessed off of 56th Street or 69th Street


History

In 1974 the Kansas Park and Resources Authority acquired 640 acres of land from Kansas State Industrial Reformatory. These 640 acres bacame the 22nd State Park in Kansas by a House Bill signed by Governor Robert Docking. Shortly after this transfer, the Dillon Family of Hutchinson donated an adjacent 320 acres. With the donation, the Park and Resources Authority was able to acquire another adjacent 163 acres with Federal Land and Water Funds, thus establishing the present 1,123 acre Park.

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Sand Hills Trails
Tallgrass
  • Trail Season: year round
  • Length of Trail: 2.20000004768372 mile(s)
  • Trail Activities: Walking, Horse Riding, Mt. Biking
  • There is a permit required on the trail
  • Location of Start: N38 07.079 W97 50.033

Pond trail
  • Trail Season: year round
  • Length of Trail: 1.5 mile(s)
  • Trail Activities: Walking, Horse Riding, Mt. Biking
  • There is a permit required on the trail
  • Location of Start: N38 07.474 W97 50.313

Cottonwood trail
  • Trail Season: year round
  • Length of Trail: 0.5 mile(s)
  • Trail Activities: Walking, Horse Riding, Mt. Biking
  • There is a permit required on the trail
  • Location of Start: N38 07.672 W97 51.101

Bluestem
  • Trail Season: year round
  • Length of Trail: 1.20000004768372 mile(s)
  • Trail Activities: Walking, Horse Riding, Mt. Biking
  • There is a permit required on the trail
  • Location of Start: N38 07.358 W97 50.609

Prairie trail
  • Trail Season: year round
  • Length of Trail: 1.89999997615814 mile(s)
  • Trail Activities: Walking, Horse Riding, Mt. Biking
  • There is a permit required on the trail
  • Location of Start: N38 07.458 W97 51.206

Dune trail
  • Trail Season: year round
  • Length of Trail: 2.17000007629395 mile(s)
  • Trail Activities: Walking, Horse Riding, Mt. Biking
  • There is a permit required on the trail
  • Location of Start: N38 06.936 W97 51.502

Woodland trail
  • Trail Season: year round
  • Length of Trail: 2.20000004768372 mile(s)
  • Trail Activities: Walking, Horse Riding, Mt. Biking
  • There is a permit required on the trail
  • Location of Start: N38 06.948 W97 51.806

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