1. Pillsbury Crossing (Manhattan)
Whether you are interested in fishing, photography, or are just looking for an excuse to cool off, the marvelous 60-foot-long, 5-foot-tall Deep Creek Waterfall at Pillsbury Crossing is the place to be!
2. Monument Rocks (Oakley)
Dubbed the "Chalk Pyramids," this Oakley attraction features 70-foot-tall chalk formations that are estimated to have been built some 80 million years ago!
3. Castle Rock (Quinter)
Essentially the same as Monument Rocks, only these ancient limestone formations are clumped together. (Trust us; both Castle Rock and Monument Rocks deserve to be seen in person to be appreciated!)
4. Big Basin Prairie Preserve (Clark County)
Can't get enough of our beautiful native mixed grass prairie? Wait until you get a load of the Big Basin's colorful 1,818 acres! (While you're there, make sure to keep your eyes peeled for a herd of American Bison who call the preserve their home.)
5. Milford Lake (Junction City)
If you thought Milford Lake was special before, wait until you try your hand at fishing in the state's largest lake, which is famous for its bass, catfish, and walleye!
6. Coronado Heights (Lindsborg)
Ready to hike? Let's go! Francisco Vázquez de Coronado may not have been able to conquer the Seven Cities of Gold, but you can easily conquer this landmark and small trail...
7. Konza Prairie (Manhattan)
...enchanting 2.7-mile Konza Prairie Nature Trail Loop...
8. Cimarron National Grassland (Elkhart)
...and/or stunning 23-miles along the historic Santa Fe National Historic Trail.
9. Rock City (Minneapolis)
Is this the city that Jefferson Starship built on Rock & Roll? Thankfully, no... but it is a city comprised of a different rock (200 Dakota sandstone formations, to be exact)!
10. Keeper of the Plains (Wichita)
The mighty 44-foot-tall Keeper isn't only surrounded by fire (on most nights during the famed "Ring of Fire" show); he is also surrounded by a series of pedestrian suspension bridges that run along both sides of the Arkansas and Little Arkansas Rivers.
11. Arikaree Breaks (Cheyenne County)
What better way to conclude a great outdoors bucket list than by mentioning this surprising three-mile break through the prairie that was carved by water approximately 10,000 years ago?!