Nebraska Sandhills

The Nebraska Sandhills represent the largest remaining grassland ecosystem in the United States that is still virtually intact for both flora and fauna. It is the largest sand-dune area in the Western Hemisphere and one of the largest grass-stabilized dune regions in the world.

The Sandhills stretch across western Nebraska (with a small part reaching into southern South Dakota). Covering approximately 13 million acres, the topography distinguishes this region from the surrounding prairies. The Sandhills equals an area about as large as Vermont, New Hampshire and Rhode Island combined.

It is renowned for its gentle spring-fed rivers meandering through hills and meadows and its diverse prairie grasses and forbs. The climate of the Sandhills ranges from sub-humid in the east to semi-arid in the west.