The Awesome Hike In Kansas That Will Take You Straight To An Abandoned Castle

It goes without saying that castles are hard to come by these days. In addition to being rare, they’re also usually mansions with a special title. However, this tiny abandoned castle in the middle of Kansas prairie has historic value, even without any famous residents.

Coronado Heights was built in honor of an explorer named Francisco Vasquez de Coronado, who was searching for the Native nation of Quivira. He was on a hunt for a land with “trees hung with golden bells” as well as “pots and pans of beaten gold.” However, he sadly never found the fabled gold, and he only got as far as here before turning tail and heading home. Today, the trail is about a 2-mile loop around the castle and is open for pets and bikes. Let’s take a look!

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In addition to this stunning castle ending to a trail, there’s also this hike ending in caves!