Sand Hills State Park
4207 E. 56th
Hutchinson, KS 67502
GPS: N38 07.372 W97 50.746
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.
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 8 distinct trails within 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.
Sand Hills State Park is primarily a trails park but we do have a Special Upland Game Hunt in bird season and that application is now done online and will be available to apply for in July.
Vehicle permits are now required on vehicles parked in the parking lots at Sand Hills. We no longer require trails permits. To purchase an annual permit, go to any Wildlife & Parks vendor, or to our office at Cheney State Park. To purchase a daily vehicle permit, check the self-pay station at each entrance. Seniors are Kansas residents 65 years of age and older.
We have construction under way for the new campground at Sand Hills State Park. It will be in construction for some time with a 10-acre pond going in and 75 campsites, some with corrals for horses. Road work has begun and the major construction part is underway. Plans are in the works to add rental cabins at some point in the future also. Our patrons really seem to enjoy the horse trails, and we receive many calls asking when the campground will be done. We are doing things as the budget allows so patience is what we are asking for.
The Trails at Sand Hills are used quite often by groups of horseback riders and hikers that enjoy the rolling terrain, wildlife viewing, and scenery. The park patrons will notice a new bridge that was constructed over the winter.
Annual vehicle permits are also available through the Cheney State Park office. Unfortunately, we are no longer able to process annual permits from the self pay envelopes as we require more information now in order to purchase them. Contact for Sand Hills State Park needs to be made through the Cheney State Park office, phone 316-542-3664 or e-mail us at firstname.lastname@example.org for more details.
Deer permits are now on sale at Wildlife and Parks locations, and Archery Deer hunting is available at Sand Hills by special permit by contacting Cheney State Park at 316-542-3664.