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High Plains, Kansas

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Once the hunting grounds of nomadic Arapaho and Cheyenne Indians, the High Plains is grand in scale. This is a land of vast rolling praries, sculpted by creeks, rivers, and shimmering fields of golden grain. Here you can wander the "Kansas Pyramids" - or Monument Rocks National Landmark - a fossil hunter's paradise, where prehistoric inland seas once covered the plains. You'll also come across High Plains towns, rich in history, country charm and some of the most unusual small-town museums in the nation. What's the best way to get to the High Plains of Kansas? Head northwest and follow a road less traveled.

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Cottonwood Ranch

State Historic Site In 1982 the State of Kansas purchased approximately twenty-three acres of the original Cottonwood Ranch. Today the Kansas State Historical Society administers the property as one of the state's best preserved historic sites. In the late 1800

Morland, KS Pioneer History

Kirwin National Wildlife Refuge

The Kirwin National Wildlife Refuge is an 11,000

, KS Wildlife Refuges

Arikaree Breaks Driving Tour

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 9,00

St. Francis, KS Tours

Pratt Pony Bridge

The historic Pratt Pony Bridge was made in the early 1900s in Nebraska. It contains no bracing which let horses cross with less reluctance. It now resides in city park and is one of only two pratt bridges remaining.

Morland, KS Historic Bridges

Mt. Sunflower

Mt. Sunflower was designated as Kansas highest point in 1961. A United States Geological Survey officially plotted the elevation at 4039 feet. True mountains are called such because of a 2000 foot difference in altitude in a 10-20

Sharon Springs, KS Natural Attractions

Minium Fossil Quarry

Part of a National Geographic dig in 1985 - 86

Morland, KS Natural Attractions


Fick Fossil & Historical Museum

Oakley's Fick Fossil and Historical Museum is listed among the 25 Great Museums in the U.S. Local fossils, a general store, fine antiques, a sod house, artifacts from Fort Monument, and over 1,500 photographs makes this museum both entertaining and educational.

Oakley, KS Museums

Colby Parks

Villa High Park is truly the "Oasis on the Plains". This park, consisting of 40 acres, was created in the late 1960`s with the aid of the Kansas Department of Wildlife and Parks.

Colby, KS Recreation

AME Church

Area residents founded the African Methodist Episcopal Church (A.M.E.) in 1879. Members initially met in a sod structure. In 1885, the sod church was replaced with a limestone structure. In 1910

Nicodemus, KS Historic Churches

Thomas County Courthouse

Built in 1906, Thomas County Courthouse is listed on the National Register of Historic Places. The Romanesque Revival style building is graced by the "Spirit of the Prairie"

Colby, KS Historic Courthouses

Prairie Dog Town

Prairie Dog Town began as a hobby 30 years ago, with a pet coyote named "Missy", a pet badger named, "Badge" and a bobcat named "Shasta"

Oakley, KS Wildlife Refuges

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