So Much To Do … Plan Your Trip!

11/23/2009 at 8:20 pm 2 comments

A few months ago we blogged about things within a 50-mile radius of High Plains Camping.  Now we want to blog about 50-100 miles. The trouble is the list is so extensive that you wouldn’t ever read it all (or at least I wouldn’t, if I were you). So let’s try this.

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 but you can go to the web page to see it all).

To get the details for this blog, I put in our location (Oakley) and searched for things to see and do within a 100 mile radius. You can do the same thing, and even narrow down the list by indicating the dates of your expected trip.

Another feature of the site is that you can select the types of activities which appeal to you, such as Arts/Culture/History, Sports/Entertainment,  Science/Nature, History, Quirky, etc.

As you read through the sampling below you’ll see why I eventually said “OK, OK, OK … they get the gist!” There is something for everyone here in northwest Kansas. Pour yourself a good cup of coffee and start plotting your camping trip (by the way, during the main camping season you can try some great Kansas-roasted coffees in our store).

Happy Trip Dreaming! We hope to see you face to face some day soon!


Some examples of what you’ll find are shown below, in no particular order.

Oberlin – Decatur County Last Indian Raid Museum – Museum has very impressive collection with 14 buildings representing prairie life.

Oberlin  – Decatur County Antique Guild District – Antique Crossroads of America.

Gorham – Dickinson Ranch – Tour this historic ranch located in the scenic Saline River Valley.

Garden City – Finney County Historical Museum – Interactive exhibits, kids’ dress-up room, research library, and gift shop..

Goodland – Architectural Walking Tour – Self-guided tour of historic homes.

Scott City area – Battle Canyon – Site of the last Indian battle with the U.S. Cavalry in Kansas, 1878.

Kirwin – Kirwin National Wildlife Refuge – Refuge consist of 10,778 acres, located in North Central Kansas.

Ellis – Cedar Bluff Reservoir, State Park, and Wildlife Area – Over 14,000 acres of water and wildlife area make the Cedar Bluff State Park an excellent base camp for hunters, anglers and year-round explorers.

Norton – Keith Sebelius Reservoir, Prairie Dog State Park, Norton Wildlife Area – This 1,000-acre state park is located on the north shore of Keith Sebelius Reservoir.

WaKeeney – Smoky Valley Scenic Byway – Explore the Smoky Hill River Valley-wildflowers, windmills, limestone bluffs & wonders of the past.

Scott City – Steele Homestead Museum – Displays the furnishings and tools of Herbert Steele.

Stockton – Webster Reservoir, State Park, and Wildlife Area – In the Solomon River Valley, the park offers a prairie setting of rolling hills and spacious skies. In a beautiful prairie setting, there is ample opportunity for outdoor recreation.

WaKeeney – Wilcox School – The Wilcox School-District 29- is listed on the State and National Register of Historic Places.

St. Francis – Arikaree Breaks – A self-guided driving tour of the Arikaree Breaks – A self-guided driving tour of the Mini-Grand Canyon of the High Plains, the “Breaks” are a marked contrast to the plains generally associated with the area.

Atwood – Beaver Creek Audio Car Tour – Enjoy the beautiful area and wildlife along Beaver Creek while learning the history of the area.

Brewster – Beaver Creek Scenic Drive – 60-mile scenic drive along the Beaver Creek between the Minor Family Sod House and Atwood, Kansas.

Garden City – Big Pool – Take a dip in the football field-sized pool holding 2.5 million gallons of water.

Hays – Buffalo Herd – This herd of buffalo is a remnant of the vast herds which once roamed the Great Plains of North America.

Castle Rock – A chalk pinnacle rising from the prairie. Voted one of the 8 Wonders of Kansas.

Bazine – Christ Pilot Me Hill – A beautiful setting on the side of a hill “Christ Pilot Me” placed in limestone.

Cimarron – Cimarron Crossing Park – Historical marker tells about the Cimarron route of the Santa Fe Trail.

Cimarron – Kansas Wheat House, Inc. – Food manufacturer of wheat products, i.e., cow patties, flip’n flapjacks, and wheat nubs.

Goodland – Ennis-Handy 1907 Victorian House – Historical house.

Goodland – Kidder Massacre Site – Site of 1867 military/Indian battle. Two years after the Civil War ended, war came to Sherman County.

Goodland – Giant Van Gogh Painting-Big Easel Project – Giant Van Gogh Sunflower reproduction painting on an 80-foot easel.

Goodland – America’s first patented helicopter was build in 1909.

Hays – Hays Aquatic Park – Historic WPA bathhoouse, 8-lane pool, lazy river, plunge pool and zero-entry leisure pool.

Ogallah – Hooves of Heaven – From riding lessons to trail rides to personalized Equine Experiential Learning (EEL) sessions.

Weskan – Mount Sunflower – Highest Point in Kansas. Where the prairie and the sky meet your eye.

Bogue – Nicodemus Livery Company and Wagon Tours – Horse drawn wagon tours around historic Nicodemus National Historic Site.

Garden City – Sandsage Bison Range & Wildlife Area – Tour the rare sandsage prairie for a close-up view of the bison and more. The 3,670 acres of natural prairie on the Santa Fe Trail has never been plowed for farming.

Garden City – Ag Tours – Commercial feed yard, grain elevators, dairy tours and co-op facilities.

Hays – Bar-B-Tack – Shop on the ranch at this unique store for western attire, tack, and supplies.

Hays – Blue Sky Miniature Show Horse Farm – Learn about these award winning Arabian type miniature show horses that are 26″-34” tall.

Hill City – Davis Farm – 6,000 acres of land for lease for private hunting of deer, pheasant, turkey, and quail.

Hays – Fairview Farms Alpacas – Family alpaca farm provides tours and information about these interesting animals.

Hays – Lazy H Ranch – A top breeding ranch for purebred Angus and Charolais cattle. Free guided tours by appointment.

Brewster – Minor Family Sod House and Bed & Breakfast – Surrounded by wildlife and domestic farm animals. Hunting available.

Hill City – Buffalo Herd – This is a rare opportunity to view buffalo on the open range.

Garden City – Plymell Dairy – Milking dairy tours available by appointment only.

Logan – Dane G. Hansen Memorial Museum – Kansas artists’ work and fabulous traveling exhibitions.

McCracken – McCracken 1901 Post Rock City Jail Museum – 1901 Post Rock McCracken City Jail with original iron cells, Paper Moon movie, Fort Hays-Fort Dodge Trail, and homesteaders.

Ellis – Ellis Railroad Museum & Doll Display – Railroad history, model layouts, miniature train ride, 1650-piece doll display, and gift shop.

Stockton – Frank Walker Museum – The museum features a vast doll collection, medical items, farm equipment, and school items.

LaCrosse – Kansas Barbed Wire Museum – The museum exhibits over 2,000 varieties of barbed wire and over 500 varieties of tools used in the construction of fences.

LaCrosse – Nekoma Bank Museum – Museum tells the story of 20th century rural banking in western Kansas.

Hill City – Exhibit of oil drilling and production.

LaCrosse – Post Rock Museum – Displays relating to post rock for fencing and building materials. Rock quarry diorama.

WaKeeney – Trego County Historical Society Museum and one-room schoolhouse with thousands of area artifacts.

Ellis – Walter P. Chrysler Boyhood Home & Museum – Founder of Chrysler Corporation historical collection.

Hays – Fort Hays State Historic Site – Military outpost established in 1865. with original blockhouse, guardhouse, and officers quarters.

Norton – Adobe House – Earthen walled structure in original location.



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