Places to Go

Clark County is part of the southernmost tier of counties in the southwest region of Kansas. It is bordered by Oklahoma to the south, Ford County and Dodge City on the north, Meade County to the west and Comanche and Kiowa counties on the east. The typography of Clark County is so varied as to include a plains area in the north merging into the Big Basin, a huge natural sinkhole, then the canyon region, and finally the beautiful, red dolomite cliffs in the south. This county is primarily agricultural and depends on farming and cattle for its livelihood.

With its rich history dating back to the 1800s, Comanche County offers tourists a blend of the old and the new. Here tourists can see wheat, corn, and milo fields stretching across the plains, as well as some of the most rugged land in the Red Hills – reminding them of the Black Hills in the Dakotas.

Kinsley is Midway USA, 1561 miles between San Francisco and New York! We’re in the middle of everything! Located at the junction of Highways 183, 50 and 56, we are on the way to many of the wonderful destinations in Wild West Country. Relive your childhood at the Carnival Heritage Museum or take a trip along the Santa Fe Trail and visit an authentic Sod House. Hunt your limit of pheasants or bag a trophy buck. Edwards County has something for everyone.

Just the name Garden City evokes visions of dreamy fields and breathtaking sunsets. As you enter our corner of Southwest Kansas, you will be transported by the amber waves of grain and the fresh tilled fields. But wait, there is so much more...

Crowned “Queen of the Cowtowns”, Dodge City is internationally recognized as the epitome of the Wild West and continues to be a top destination for tourists seeking the Wild West Experience.

Ulysses is the county seat of Grant County and is located near the center of the county. Its the largest town in a six-county region and servers as a regional shopping area.

Between 1887 and 1893, a county seat war took place in Gray County that involved several notable Old West figures, such as Bat Masterson, Bill Tilghman and Ben Daniels. As a result of the dispute, Cimarron became the permanent county seat of Gray County.

Greeley County was named for the pioneering editor Horace Greeley, after his famous quote; "Go West Young Man." Visitors to modern day Greeley County will find that pioneer, can-do attitude alive and well in its residents and community.

American patriotism runs strong in Hamilton County. Dedicated on November, 2003, the Western Kansas Veterans memorial is a moving tribute to veterans living and deceased from all branches of the military. Honored veterans are not limited to Hamilton County and include a number of dignitaries.

Haskell County, the flattest county in Kansas, was organized July 12, 1887 after being sliced off the southern part of Finney County. Haskell County is the proud home to two incredibly family friendly towns: Sublette and Satanta!

Hodgeman Has It! Home to HorseThief Reservoir, Hodgeman County is well-known for our outstanding hunting opportunities – both upland game and deer. However, with the addition of HorseThief Reservoir, we are now the outdoor destination in Wild West Country!

With a myriad of attractions to entertain and enlighten, Kearny County, Kansas welcomes visitors any time of year! Our vast history is recorded and displayed at the Kearny County Museum in Lakin, the preservation of the wagon trains on the Santa Fe Trail at Charlie's Ruts and Indian Mound. See the history of the development of agricultural and fossil fuel production and the restored Texaco station in Deerfield as our communities developed since our founding.

On May 4th, 2007 an EF5 tornado destroyed 95% Greensburg. Although some tornado damage is still evident, the citizens of Greensburg came together and helped rebuild one of the greenest cities in the United States focusing on energy efficiency and sustainable living. With the most LEED (leadership in Energy Environmental Design) certified buildings per capita in the world, Greensburg has become a model for a sustainable future.

The first inhabitants of Lane County were the buffalo and the Indian. The land was a great grazing ground for the buffalo, and the Indians used its meat for food and its hide for clothing and shelter. Later, when cash was scarce, the buffalo bones furnished the white settler with cash.

Fowler is home to Threshing Days, one of the longest running celebrations in Southwest Kansas. Threshing Days is a week-long event culminating on the third Saturday in July. Past events have included a Fun Run, Parade, vendors in the park. Meade is the largest town in Meade County and the county seat. Travelers will find lots of options in Meade…be it out two museums, food, lodging, gas, groceries, or unique shops like Ma and Pa’s Clock Shop, Green Acre’s Quilt Shop, and Honeycomb Quilt Shop.

The Cimarron national Grassland, north of Elkhart, is the largest of public land in the State of Kansas. Arising from the Dust Bow, it is over 108,000 acres of multiple use land that is administered by the USDA Forest Service. Trails allow visitors to see first-hand the native flora, and fauna indigenous to the area.

Visit Ness County, Kansas, where stunning architecture meets the rolling plains of Western Kansas. The county is rich in farming, ranching and the oil industry, but there is much more to see. Visitors can find many opportunities for lodging, activities, recreation, and dining within the communities of Ness City, Ransom, Bazine, Utica, Arnold, Brownell and Beeler. We take pride in our “small town” atmosphere and the hospitality that goes with it.

Looking for a summer getaway that won't break the bank? Then come spend the day or weekend in Scott County, rich in history and full of fun! In Scott City, you can find a variety of unique shopping for a rural community, which ranges from gifts, clothing and accessories, to furniture. You can even pamper yourself while you relax with a pedicure or a massage.

Follow the Yellow Brick Road to Dorothy’s official hometown of Liberal, where you can become a part of the “Wizard of Oz” story. Take a tour of the Coronado Museum, where the history of Seward County comes alive. Try your hand at being a pilot at the Mid- American Museum, this and so much more in Seward County.

Not every town welcomes you with a flag flying high on a 90-foot tall flagpole, but Johnson City in Stanton County, does. A vibrant county that is tucked up against the Colorado border, Stanton County is a great place to visit and a wonderful place to call home.

Stevens County, Kansas is a progressive county with a "Vision for the Future" where our citizens enjoy small town quality of life, but still have ability to do BIG Business, even on a global basis.

Leoti, the county seat, is located at the junction of Highways 25 and 96. Located there is the 11,000 sq. ft. Museum of the Great Plains and 1892 Victorian Washington Ames House Museum, both on the national register of historic places, with a preserved 1865 flag with Civil War and Lincoln connections and an extensive railroad collection displayed in a Santa Fe caboose and vintage depot.