Kansas February 08, 2019
12 Underrated Gems In Southwest Kansas Waiting To Be Discovered
There is loads to do all across our beautiful state, and most of our favorite attractions make it into our bucket list every year. Of course, the most underrated area of Kansas is the southwest, where there’s a lot of things to see that you might not have seen before. Whether it is far away from where you are now or close to home, southwest Kansas is truly a beautiful place to explore.
1. Sandsage Bison Range
This bison range is a perfect place to start enjoying our local nature. Here, you can take a tour, enjoy wildlife, and even wildflower spotting walks.
2. Mid America Air Museum
This beautiful aircraft museum includes everything from helicopters to crop dusters and airplanes that have seen war. If you're a fan of aviation, you've got to see this place.
3. Big Basin Prairie Preserve
A beautiful section of Kansas prairie, including the famous Jacob's Well, which may or may not be haunted by a ghost horse and victims of its depths.
4. Dalton Gang Hideaway
This attraction in Meade holds plenty of memorabilia inside these historic buildings, which include a barn and a home part of the Dalton Gang's hijinks.
5. Boot Hill Museum
Boot Hill is a must-see at least once, especially if you can catch a show at the saloon. Wander around these old buildings like it's the wild west, and have a good time!
6. Famous Gunfighters Wax Museum
Another spot in Dodge City, the Gunfighters Wax Museum is equal parts historically interesting and creepy.
7. Santa Fe Trail Ruts
If you've never been outside of Dodge City to see the trail ruts, you're missing out. All of the settlers traveling through here across the Santa Fe Trail left their mark in the ground so deeply, you can still see them today when the grass is short.
8. Kansas Barbed Wire Museum
Barbed wire doesn't seem very interesting, but if you think about how many versions there have been since it's creation, it gets a lot better.
9. Cimarron National Grassland
This beautiful section of prairie is perfect for all sorts of outdoor activities, but hiking is the best way to see as much of it as you can. It's just a beautiful area full of everything that makes Kansas beautiful.
10. Lee Richardson Zoo
This beautiful zoo is somewhat unknown to Kansas compared to larger zoos, but you're missing out. The animals here are just as amazing, and just as full of wildlife you can't get around these parts.
11. Dorothy's House and the Land of Oz
Though it isn't exactly her home, it's a replica of where she lived in the movie, with a convenient yellow brick road and everything. Stop by sometime and have a fun time!
12. Stevens County Museum
This beautiful gas and historical museum has a lot to teach, and if you haven't been here before, add this to your list too!
If you like, you should check out our full piece on the
Mid America Air Museum. It’s really a stunning collection.