Sands is open to hiking and camping (but if you camp you'd
better like sand and wind!). The area is located 40 miles
east of Roswell on highway 380. Shin oak (Quercus havardii)
is a shrubby oak that grows in clones thousands of years old.
In April, lesser prairie chickens (Tympanuchus pallidicinctus)
can be seen displaying on leks in the area. Look for the sand
dune lizard (Sceloporus arenicolus) running between
thickets of shin oak, and watch for snakes, including western
diamondback and western rattlesnakes (Crotalus atrox and
Crotalus viridis). Texas horned lizards (Phyrnosoma
cornutum) are common in the rest area. Contact Rand French
or Dan Baggao at the Roswell BLM Field Office, (505) 627-0272,
for lesser prairie chicken viewing information and guided
tours. Hats, water, and binoculars are recommended.