Cheyenne County is rich in geological and historical sites. The Breaks called by the locals a "mini Grand Canyon," is located on the northern edge of the county. The Breaks feature an extremely rough terrain of deep ravines and gullies - a marked contrast to the plains generally associated with the area. Eleven miles north of Bird City, the Round Hole Campsite memorial, marks the site used by General Custer, Colonel Bankhead and Lt. Colonel Bradley. The Cherry Creek Encampment, located two miles northwest of St. Francis memorializes the Cheyenne Indian survivors of the Sand Creek Massacre. Near Bird City, a portion of the Ancient Indian Traders' Trail is also visible. Flowing from the southwest to the northeast, The Republican River divides the county in half. The River Road parallels the river, allowing a leisurely drive with many chances to view local wildlife, including wild turkey, deer, pheasant, quail, hawks, eagles, rabbit, and beaver. The river offers numerous recreational opportunities for camping, fishing, hunting, picnicking, or a leisurely stroll down the scenic River Walk.
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The St. Francis City Campground and Rest Area is located just adjacent and behind the Cheyenne County Museum and welcomes travelers at no charge. There are electrical hookups, drinking water, showers and restrooms, sanitary dump station, and handicapped accessible.St. Francis, KS Camping
The breaks, located on the extreme northern edge of Cheyenne County, are 36 miles long and approximately two to three miles wide. This area of extremely rough terrain, with its deep ravines and gullies is a marked contrast to the plains generally associated with the area. The breaks were formed 9,00St. Francis, KS Tours
The museum features a diorama complete with prehistoric fossils uncovered locally. This diorama shows life as it progressed over the millenia on the High Plains, and includes furniture and period exhibits of frontier life. All of the exhibits are of Cheyenne County history.St. Francis, KS Museums
St. Francis, Kansas is the birthplace and boyhood home of Apollo astronaut, Ron Evans, who was aboard the Apollo 17 in its sixth and final lunar expedition of the Apollo series in 1972. While aboard the expedition, Ron Evans made the longest space walk of the time at 44St. Francis, KS Landmarks
This site features a memorial to the Cheyenne Indian survivors of the Sand Creek Massacre on November 29, 1864. Created by a local historian and metal sculptor, Tobe Zweygardt, a teepee is guarded by an Indian brave astride his horse atop a nearby bluff. A brochure is available.St. Francis, KS Memorials
A beautiful one-mile walk along the Republican River on a mowed and maintained path lined with native Cottonwood, Hackberry, Green Ash, and Red Cedars. Open year round for seasonal enjoyment. Tubing during high water is exciting along this stretch of the river.St. Francis, KS Scenic Drives