In the summer of 2007, 1,280 acres of prime dunes in Syracuse, Kansas, opened up for ATV riding.
Years ago, these exceptional sand dunes were closed to the public and leased to a local rancher. The lease has since expired and the local community foresees a strong financial recovery for Syracuse due largely to the park’s tourism and the revenue it will generate.
At first glance, the park appears to be nothing more than several hundred acres of grass and sage brush. But that's a thin coat of growth over some amazing dunes.
The site features rolling hills, bowls and some fast flat areas that will appeal to the sand drag enthusiasts.
Visitors will find themselves right at home camped next to a fishing lake. Just a few hundred feet north, visitors will find the Arkansas River that originates in Colorado.
This community of 1,800 people also supports amenities such as a grocery store, restaurants, gas stations, motel, airport, hospital and a historic museum.
Although you will find hardware and auto parts stores in town you won’t find any ATV or off-road shops yet. For now, it’s a good idea to bring a few spare parts. Fuel can only be purchased in town because there are no pumps at the park.
You don’t need a crystal ball to realize that the Syracuse Sand Dune Park will become a favorite among sand dune enthusiasts in over 10 surrounding states. As the park settles in, you can bet its enthusiastic steering committee will mold this riding area into a world-class destination.
Riders younger than 18 are required to wear helmets. All vehicles are required to have whip antennas with orange flags reaching 10 feet high from the ground up. Night riders are required to have both a headlight and tail light. No glass or alcoholic beverages are allowed on the dunes.
For more information, visit www.syracuseks.gov/sand-dunes/park-rules-fees.