Located in the Southwest Region
of the state, part of the "High Plains" geology, and the Cimarron River Drainage Basin
. The river crosses the USDA Forest Service Cimarron National Grassland
. The Cimarron has its source in the mountains of Union County
, NM. Flowing E its two branches enter Kansas in the southwest corner, Morton County
Probably no other stream in Kansas can boast the natural scenery to be found along the Cimarron. An early day writer has said that the river traversed a "Country remarkably rugged and broken, affording the most romantic and picturesque views imaginable. It is a tract of about 75 miles square in which nature has displayed a great variety of the most strange and whimsical vagaries. It is an assemblage of beautiful meadows, verdant ridges, and rude, misshapen piles of red clay, thrown together in the utmost apparent confusion, yet affording the most pleasant harmonies and presenting us in every direction an endless variety of curious and interesting objects."