Family Trail Recreation "Quick Glance"

Horseback Riding | Skiing | Hiking | Snowmobile | Safari Van Tours

Horseback Riding

The trails for horseback riding are located around the perimeter of the AELC as indicated on the trail map. To use the trails, each individual is required to pay $5 per horse. Sorry, there is no family rate. Members can enjoy riding the trails through horseback free of charge. The horse loading and staging area is located in the prairie on the south side of Summit Avenue. Just take the road to the left immediately after crossing the Texas crossing bridge on Summit Avenue.

Summer and Winter trail maps and payment envelopes are located in the kiosk on the north side of Summit Avenue where you turn right to go to the Nature Center Building.

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One of the best ways to see the winter beauty of the Sand Hills is cross country skiing! Members can use the ski equipment free of charge. If you are a non-member the cost is as follows:

  • $6 all equipment
  • $3/pair skiis only
  • $3/pair boots only
  • $2/pair poles only
  • $20 family rate (+4 people) includes all equipment

In addition to equipment rental, there is a $4 trail rental free for individuals and $10 (3+) for families. Remember, if you are member the trails are free for you to enjoy.

Have your own equipment? Great! Non-members can use the trails for $4 per person or $10 per family. There is no charge for members to use the trail. Become a member today!

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Hike up to Death Valley, enjoy a panoramic view of the Red River Valley from Scout Tower or see rare experience througha hike in the Oak Savanna - a prairie landscape with a mix of scattered oaks.

Non-members are required to pay $3 per individual or $8 per family (3+) to use the trails. Remember, if you are member the trails are free for you to enjoy. Become a member today!

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There are miles of snowmobile trails in and around the 640 acres of the AELC. Snowmobile trails are groomed by the Sand Hills Snow Cruisers and the AELC trails link with the other trails maintained by the Snow Cruisers. When in the AELC it is important to stay on the trails groomed for snowmobiles. There are also trails in the AELC that are groomed for cross country skiers, and snow mobile traffic on those trails ruin them for skiing. It is also important to stay on the snowmobile trails because there are several “sensitive” areas within the AELC that are protected and could be destroyed by snowmobile traffic. This is especially true of the dune areas like Death Valley and Scout Tower. These hilly areas may be fun to tear around in, but these areas need to be protected for future generations. Snowmobile use in areas other than designated trails is also prohibited by City Code and violators will be prosecuted.

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Safari Van Tours

The safari van tours of the Sand Hills are available during the summer and early fall months only. A Safari Van tour is a narrated trip around the perimeter of the 640 acre Sand Hills wilderness area. On the tour visitors can see all of the ecosystems and land features of the Sand Hills, including native prairie, the oak savanna and the sand dunes. It is a great way to see the Sand Hills, especially for those who are unable to hike the trails. Our tours are also a popular activity for local people entertaining out of town guests!

To schedule a tour call 945-3136. It is best to call a day or two in advance so arrangements can be made.

  • $6 Adults
  • $4 for children 12 and under
  • AELC members - FREE!

To become a member, click here.

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