Day Trips While You’re Staying At High Plains Camping

08/02/2009 at 1:54 am 6 comments

Two comments to add before you get to the meat of the blog:

  1. The text below was  written in 2009 but the event dates will be similar for 2010.
  2. We posted a special discount! If you book a reservation online while the special shows in the Reservation section of our web site, you can SAVE 20% on your campsite fee. It doesn’t matter if your trip is in July, December, or tomorrow … if you book online and click on the special 20% off box, we’ll honor the special discount!

Now on to the regular blog we created in 2009 ….

What’s there to do while you spend some time at High Plains Camping … other than relaxing in the hot tub, antique shopping next door, playing putt-putt, and all the other activities at the RV park itself? LOTS!

ALL of the details in this posting were found on the Kansas Travel & Tourism web page (not wanting to infringe on copyright laws; I’m just reformatting for your review):

To get the details for this blog, I put in our location and searched for things to see and do within a 50 mile radius from now through October 2009. Here’s what I found:

Oakley, the county seat of Logan County, began as a way-station on the Union Pacific Railroad line built between Denver and Kansas City in the 1860s. The Oakley townsite was laid out by David Hoag in 1884 and named after his mother, Elizabeth Oakley Gardner-Hoag. William Cody and William Comstock competed in a buffalo shooting contest near Oakley – Cody won, earning the name “Buffalo Bill”. Although not named after Annie Oakley, she performed with the “Wild West Show” in the area.

An integral part of Oakley’s history is found in the Fick Fossil and History Museum, listed among the 25 Great Museums in the United States. Fossils dug by the renowned paleontologist George F. Sternberg are among the many displays.

Rising majestically from the seemingly flat prairie, just 25 miles south of Oakley are the Monument Rocks, the first national natural landmark in Kansas. These wind-carved, water-eroded chalk formations are sediment remains of ancient marine life up to 200 million years old. Many of the sharks teeth and fossils in the Fick Museum were found around this area.

Kansas State Cornhusking Contest Dates: 9/9/09 – 9/10/09
Old-fashioned cornhusking at its best. (Blogger’s Comment: The contest is open for public viewing and can be quite entertaining.) 38th annual cornhusking contest tests your skills in old-fashioned corn husking. Eleven divisions, men, womens, children and team. It’s a challenge.

Friday, October 9th will feature a local corn cook-off downtown over the noon hour and a reception for the huskers.
Saturday, October 10th – registration at 8am at the Buffalo Bill sculpture. Other events include an ear of corn throwing contest and a corn pile money hunt. An awards banquet is held Saturday evening.

Buffalo Bill Black Powder Shoot Dates: 10/24/09 – 10/25/09
Buffalo Bill black powder shoot. Bring the whole family and enjoy watching the competitive and exhibition events. If you would like to register to participate in the events or you would like more information, contact the Logan County Development Corporation at (785)672-4550 or

Scott City Farmers Market, every Monday Dates: through 10/30/09
Homegrown, homemade, or handmade items.

Kansas State Cow Chip Throwing Contest Dates: 9/6/09 – 9/7/09 Cow Chip Capital of Kansas.

Try your hand in the Cow Chip Throwing Contest on Sunday and reminisce with young and old alike at the carry-in dinner in the old school building.
Downtown Russell Springs, KS 67751 Phone: (785) 751-4242

Old Settlers Day Date: 9/7/09
The Old Settlers Day celebrations begins with breakfast and lots of good old fashioned sit-down visiting. Enjoy the parade, the cow chip throwing contest and the carry-in potluck dinner for lunch.

Downtown Russell Springs, KS 67751 Phone: (785) 751-4242

Annual Collyer Fall Street Festival Date: 9/12/09
Featuring a Quad-Rod Custom Car & Tractor Show and Craft Show. Come for a fun-filled day of unique automobiles, crafts, music and delicious food

Main Street (Ainslie Ave) Collyer, KS 67631 Phone: (785) 769-5205

Whimmydiddle Arts & Craft Fair Date: 9/26/09
Large variety of arts and crafts and food vendors. Over 200 vendors from across the U.S. so this makes it one of the largest craft shows in Western Kansas. This is held in Patton Park on the last Saturday of September.

12th and Main (City Park) Scott City, KS 67871 Phone: (620) 874-5365

Keystone Gallery
Kansas fossil museum, 24’ prehistoric sea mural, art gallery, cool rock shop, guided fossil hunts.

Keystone Gallery combines many different venues under one roof. The museum section contains an extensive, scientific collection of local Kansas fossils including a 20-foot Mosasaur and 14-foot Xiphactinus. Many other fish, turtle and bird fossil specimens are also on display.

A colorful mural depicting the ancient Niobrara seaway accompanies our fossil display and was painted by local artist (and co-owner) Charles Bonner. His other paintings adorn the walls of the gallery.

Our gift shop not only has Monument Rocks souvenirs, but U.S. and international fossils, minerals and other items not usually found in this region—it’s a collector’s delight.

The gallery is surrounded by a herd of 400 buffalo that are sometimes nearby or can be spotted in the distance, within our panoramic view of the Smoky Hill River valley.

In addition, we offer guided fossil tours. Visit our Web site for more complete information on any of the above areas. Our Web site describes sites within a 10-mile radius of the gallery. Additional links help viewers find information about our surrounding communities.

All tourist questions are welcome. The staff frequently can give pointers about all types of activities including hiking, biking and other indoor and outdoor activities and provide maps to the surrounding area.

401 US 83 26 miles S of Oakley on US 83 Scott City, KS 67871 Phone: (620) 872-2762

Monument Rocks National Landmark
Kansas’ first national natural monument. Cretaceous chalk formations.

Cretaceous chalk formations, Chalk Rock Towers, Butterfield Trail marker. No services available, and road is impassable in inclement weather.

South of Oakley off of US-83

(Blogger’s Comment: Great place for sunset photography. About 30 minutes from our RV park.)

Fick Fossil and History Museum
Cretaceous fossils, folk-art, sod house, 1886 replica depot, photos and history.

Museum focuses on local fossils and local history and has items of interest for all ages. See an extensive historic photo display, Mrs. Fick’s creative artwork with fossils and other mediums, fossils, railroad artifacts, the Prather Creamery, General Store, Military display, farm wagon and depression glass. Read about the story of the German family massacre which occured near Russell Springs, Kansas. Please call to schedule a tour. Families welcome and there’s an area for small children to enjoy. New in 2008, exhibit featuring stations along the Smokyhill Trail and Butterfield Overland Despatch route.

700 W 3rd Oakley, KS 67748 Phone: (785) 672-4839

Buffalo Bill Bronze Sculpture
Twice life size bronze sculpture of Buffalo Bill on his horse Brigham, in pursuit of a buffalo.

Did you know that world famous Buffalo Bill Cody earned the legendary title “Buffalo Bill” in this part of the country? The legendary contest between himself and William “Bill” Comstock took place just 10 miles west of Oakley. We are celebrating the “Birthplace of the Legend” in Logan County, Kansas. Come see the twice life size monumental bronze sculpture of Buffalo Bill. It stands 16 feet tall and weighs 9,000 pounds. Imagine the head of his horse just fits in the back of a pickup truck! Walk up the hill and experience the detail and sheer size–it is extraordinary!!

You are welcome to visit the Buffalo Bill Cabin from Memorial Day through Labor Day.

Wild West Historical Foundation, Inc. US Hwy 83 & 2nd Street Oakley, KS 67748 Phone: (785) 672-4285

Spirit of the American Dough Boy Memorial
Honoring Logan County’s Dough Boys from World War I.

Logan County honored its Dough Boy troops of World War I with this memorial statue. See it in the park to the south of the city building. One of three in the state of Kansas.

126 E 2nd City Park, City Building Oakley, KS 67748 Phone: (785) 672-4862

Cottonwood Ranch State Historic Site
Visit this 1880s English ranchhouse and outbuildings.

Walk the grounds of this relatively unchanged rural ranch and take in the austere beauty of the South Solomon River traversing the High Plains. Constructed from 1885 to 1896 by John Fenton Pratt, Cottonwood Ranch incorporates architectural elements from his English homeland. Explore the ranch where the Pratt family flourished and John Fenton became a successful sheep rancher and businessman.

US 24, RR 1 Box 57M Studley, KS 67740 Phone: (785) 627-5866

Fort Wallace Museum
Newly remodeled. 7-ft tall barb-wire statue. Conestoga wagon, soldiers journals, and more.

Many fort era artifacts. Fort cemetery, Custers 7th Cavalry Cenotaph. Newly remodeled. Rest area for highway visitors.

(Blogger’s Comment: I’ve had many guests tell me this well worth the stop!)

Hwy 40 Wallace, KS 67761 Phone: (785) 891-3564

Butterfield Trail Museum
Two story renaissance-style structure of brick and stone with mansard roof.

(Blogger’s Comment: Not much was written but let me assure you that my guests have told me this is worth seeing.)

515 Hilts Russell Springs, KS 67764 Phone: (785) 751-4242

Cooper Barn at Museum Complex
Biggest barn in Kansas contains antique agricultural implements and photos. (Blogger’s Comment: The main building at High Plains Camping is the sister barn to this majestic one!)

Kansas’s biggest barn measuring 114’x66’x48’has been voted one of the 8 Architectural Wonders of Kansas. The lower level contains photos, antique implements and memorabilia depicting last 100 years of agriculture. Cavernous upper level is always open to visitors.

1905 S Franklin Colby, KS 67701 Phone: (785) 460-4590

Garden of Honor
A tribute to our local service men and women. This memorial honors our local service men and women. There is a separate monument for each branch of the service, and a memorial dedicated to the late Kansas Senator Stan Clark (Oakley).

700 W 3rd Bertrand Park Oakley, KS 67748

(Blogger’s Comment: behind Fick Fossil & History Museum)

Grainfield Opera House
Historic 1887 theatre and general store under renovation.

3rd and Main Grainfield, KS 67737 Phone: (785) 673-4744

Pioneer Statue
Pioneer statue ‘Spirit of the Prairie'” by Charles Norton given to the County by citizens for Thomas County’s Centennial on Courthouse lawn.

300 N Court Colby, KS 67701 Phone: (785) 460-7643

Prairie Dog Town
King-sized petting zoo. Buffalo, rattlesnakes, badgers, coyotes, and fox. Kansas souvenirs. World’s largest prairie dog. (Blogger’s Comment: This is across Highway 83 from the RV park.)

457 US 83 Oakley, KS 67748 Phone: (785) 672-3100

El Quartelejo Museum / Jerry Thomas Art Gallery
Fossils, El Quartelejo pueblo replica, 1878 Indian/Cavalry battle, western & wildlife artwork.

Museum with exhibits focusing on fossils, Pueblo history, an Indian camp, a sod home, farming and the feedlot industry. Jerry Thomas Gallery & Collections is nationally known for his wildlife and historical Indian and Western art. Will be opening in summer of 2009.

902 W. Hwy 96 Scott City, KS 67871 Phone: (620) 872-5912

Czech Memorial Museum
Pioneer/Czech immigrant displays, cemetery records, war memorabilia, and newspaper records to 1886. Genealogy gold mine.

114 S Kansas Ave Jennings, KS 67643 Phone: (785) 678-2470

FINALLY, if you want to see what there is to do elsewhere in Kansas, I recommend you visit the state’s TRIP PLANNER, type in a city you’ll be near, and then select the types of activities which appeal to you (such as Arts/Culture/History, Sports/Entertainment, Science/Nature, History, Quirky, etc.).

Too, try a different time frame than I selected. Their listings are always being updated! Maybe I didn’t search the right categories for you, and maybe you plan to travel in more of Kansas than just the little area I selected.

Happy Travels! Hope to see you face to face some day soon!


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6 Comments Add your own

  • 1. HighPlainsCamping  |  08/02/2009 at 1:55 am

    Soon I will create a posting for 60 – 90 miles from the park.

  • 2. Mike Erps  |  08/02/2009 at 2:40 am

    I really do like all this information. It sure would be nice if more rv parks provided local area information and things to do and see.

  • 3. johnny  |  08/07/2009 at 6:24 am

    Hello. Thank you for this great info! Keep up the good job!

  • 4. machoman  |  08/09/2009 at 7:02 am

    thank you! I really liked this post!

  • 5. teinby  |  08/10/2009 at 8:09 am

    Thanks! I really liked this post!

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