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Visiting Kansas on Your Next Road Trip

November 16th, 2022

Visitors to Kansas find a captivating tapestry of nature – grazing buffaloes, slinking bobcats, rocky canyons, not to mention lots of open prairies, golden sunflowers, and sand dunes. Plus there is plenty of camping at Kansas campgrounds and Kansas RV camping resorts for the road traveler, which will make you feel right at home.

In Kansas’ southwest corner near Elkhart, Cimarron National Grasslands protects a 100,000-plus acre tract surrounding the Cimarron River and covering portions of the Santa Fe National Historic Trail. Cimarron’s rolling grasslands also contain a scenic, self-guided automobile tour which passes by an authentic prairie dog town. Once the hunting range of Kiowa and Comanche Native Americans, today’s Cimarron is still the home of animals such as elk, beavers, pronghorn sheep and porcupines. Birders enjoy views of mountain chickadees, roadrunners and prairie chickens.

Another of the “Sunflower State’s” southwestern wonders is Big Basin Prairie Preserve, approximately 40 miles south of Dodge City. Big Basin’s floor was probably formed when salts dissolved far below the earth’s surface, causing the land above to sink and reshape into a one-mile wide, one-foot deep bowl, or basin. Big Basin contains a mixed grass prairie brightened with spring wildflowers, nesting meadowlarks and grasshopper sparrows. Just a half-mile east in a stand of cottonwood trees is Little Basin, a smaller basin formation that’s the curious site of a seemingly boundless, clear water spring called Jacob’s Well. While striped lizards sun themselves in the rocky basins, a hefty herd of American bison roams wild and free on the preserve’s hillsides, with individual buffaloes often lumbering past visitors’ vehicles to rub and roll their wooly hides on dusty roadways. RV camping is easy to find throughout Kansas at Kansas campgrounds and Kansas RV camping resorts too!

In the Smoky Hills of the north central high plains near Phillipsburg, Kirwin National Wildlife Refuge was Kansas’ first such federal sanctuary. The refuge’s woodlands, mixed with grass prairie, lake and farmland provide habitats for jackrabbits, black-tailed prairie dogs and mule deer. Kirwin’s feathered population is amazing to watch, too. On Bow Creek and the North Fork of the Solomon River, Kirwin and its reservoir are situated on the Central Flyway. So this protected territory is a routine feeding ground for thousands of migrating geese, mallards and shorebirds. Great blue herons and white pelicans share the preserve’s water, woods and skies with golden eagles, red-tailed hawks and meadowlarks. For RV travelers who’d like to stretch their legs, there’s a short interpretive walking trail at Kirwin’s Crappie Point.

RV Travel Fun In Kansas

April 21st, 2022

Kansas, the Sunflower State, has 23 national parks, prairies, geological formations and lots of wide open spaces. What better way to see all of this than with an RV? Traveling by RV allows you to explore up close, has no time restrictions and no schedules that need to be followed. Unlike people who are in tour groups, RV travelers make their own time, go where they like and stay as long as they wish.

Cimarron National Grassland
With 108,175 acres in which to explore, you can hike to your hearts content at this park. Trek by rock cliffs, groves of cottonwood, in fields of grass and by sage brush and yucca that are scattered throughout this national park. Other activities include, camping, fishing, picnicking and bird watching. Check out the 3rd highest point in Kansas, Point of Rocks, from where it is possible to see Oklahoma and Colorado on clear days.

Rock City
Rock City is home to around 200 gigantic Dakota sandstone spherical rocks. Some of these round rocks are as large as 27 feet in diameter and as tall as a house. These amazing spheres, which were formed millions of years ago, are a top tourist destination today. People are encouraged to climb and explore them and children even play hide-and-seek around them. Check out Donut Hole Rock and the Giant’s Chair.

Kanopolis State Park
Kansas’s first state park is a favorite for RV travelers and campers alike. There are 14 campgrounds at this beautiful park including 19 utility sites and 200 primitive campsites. The 12,500-acre Kanopolis (on the edge of a 3,500-acre lake) offers 25 miles of trails for hiking enthusiasts with some really cool water crossings and, for the fortunate, the sighting of a prairie dog town as well. There are also fishing opportunities and boat access. Wildlife sightings might include white-tailed deer, wildcats, prairie chickens, beaver, turkey and even coyote. The park also has some beaches, a marina, a picnic area, and equestrian campground and rental cabins.

Dorothy’s House Museum
Wizard of Oz fans can head on over to Dorothy’s House Museum in Liberal, Kansas, where tour guides lead guests down the Yellow Brick Road. As visitors pass dozens of Munchkins, the guide points things out while summarizing the story. Visitors can see Dorothy’s farmhouse, Toto in the basket, Glenda the Good Witch, the Scarecrow, the Tin Man and the Cowardly Lion. If you happen to be here in October, then you can also attend Liberal’s OzFest which features a parade, a scarecrow-making contest and lots of fun and good food.

Monument Rocks
One does not expect rock formations of this type outside Utah, however, that is just what you will find at the “Badlands” of Kansas. This area of Kansas, also famous for the fossils left over from when the region was an ocean around 80 million years ago, has bluffs and pinnacles, all made from chalk. See the Window, the Chalk Pyramids and many more spectacular chalk creations.