The varied landscapes of 1,123 acres of sand dunes, prairie woodlands, and wetlands are waiting to be explored. Three hiking trails,
including the Cottonwood Interpretive Trail, and five horse and multi-use trails invite visitors to enjoy the wonders of nature year-round.Two wildlife observation blinds
allow visitors to observe nature in action. Parking and walk-in entrances to the park are located east of Highway 61 on both 56th and 69th Streets.
Archery hunting for deer and turkey as well as upland game is allowed by special permit.
SAND HILLS STATE PARK
East of K-61 on 56th and 69th Streets316-542-3664www.kdwpt.state.ks.us
Trail access $3.50/day per person
Annual pass $12.15
Sailing, fishing and boating
is just minutes away at Cheney State Park & Wildlife Area. Whether you are looking for a quick weekend get away or an adventurous afternoon, Cheney State Park has a variety of outdoor activities.
Along the east and west shores on the south end of picturesque Cheney Reservoir, Cheney State Park offers 203 electric/water hookup campsites, tent camping, a motor boat marina, swimming beaches, boat ramps, fishing jetties, and nature trails. There is a group camping area
with 20 camp-sites providing electric and water hook up. There are also nine modern cabins open to the public on a rental basis.
Ideal sailing conditions that include brisk, prevailing winds make Cheney Reservoir one of the Midwest's most enviable spots for sailing.
CHENEY STATE PARK
12 miles south of Hutchinson316-542-3664http://www.kdwpt.state.ks.us
Fees: Overnight camping
$7.50 off season, $8.50 peak
Electric and Water Fee
$6.00 for one, $8.00 for both
Rental Cabins $55 off season
$75 on Friday & Saturday in season
$55 other nights
Recently named one of the 8 Wonders of Reno County,
Quivira National Wildlife Refuge
is about 30 miles west of Hutchinson. It is a 22,135-acre refuge and home to more than 260 species of birds
— including bald and golden eagles, white pelicans, whooping cranes, and wild turkeys.
Visitors will find relatively lush vegetation of the east blending into the more arid grasslands of the west.
The Refuge hosts several special events during the year, including Monarch Mania in September. This annual event features netting the beautiful butterflies, tagging, and then releasing them to fly the rest of their journey to Mexico.
QUIVIRA NATIONAL WILDLIFE REFUGE
28 miles west of Hutchinson on 4th Street
1434 NE 80th Street | Stafford KS 67578620-486-2393www.fws.gov/quivira
The popular Jim P. Martinez Sunflower Trail is a 3.03-mile fun route for any exercise routine. Walkers, joggers, skaters, bicyclists, and skateboarders can wind their way between Carey Park in the south part of town and Rice Park on the northwest side of the trail.
Natural beauty combines with lighted pathways and bridges to offer visitors a relaxing, fun, and memorable experience. The Emerson Carey Memorial Fountain — lighted at night during summer months — adds to the picturesque ponds and waterfalls where many types of water fowl that have adopted the park can be found.
For those in the mood for activity, there are several well-equipped playgrounds, while those looking for
sport will find golf, baseball, soccer, sand volleyball, basketball, fishing, frisbee golf and a new skateboard park among their choices.