Sand Hills

Type: General Entry

Published: 1952

Updated: April 1, 1995

The Sand Hills of West Texas are found in portions of north Crane County, northeast Ward County, west Winkler County, and south Andrews County, with a small section in southwest Ector County. They are active, migrating sand dunes, subject to wind erosion and sediment transport. While fringe areas of the Sand Hills contain scattered oak mottes with local freshwater marshes present during wet cycles, the dunes are commonly barren of plant life. The Sand Hills range in elevation from 2,600 to 3,200 feet.

The following, adapted from the Chicago Manual of Style, 15th edition, is the preferred citation for this entry.

Anonymous, “Sand Hills,” Handbook of Texas Online, accessed August 19, 2022,

Published by the Texas State Historical Association.

April 1, 1995