P.O. Box 274, Great Bend Kansas 67530
Toll Free: 877-427-9299
Cheyenne Bottoms is a 41,000-acre lowland located 6 mi. NE of Great Bend. The Kansas Department of Wildlife and Parks operates 19,857 acres as a wildlife management area. The Nature Conservancy owns and manages 7,300 acres adjacent to Cheyenne Bottoms Wildlife Area.
Native Americans and early settlers recognized the area's uniqueness and importance. The lowlands is named after the Cheyenne tribe, whose warriors fought to keep the area as their hunting grounds.
The largest marsh in the interior of the U.S., Cheyenne Bottoms has been officially designated a Wetland of International Importance. The area is considered the most important shorebird migration point in the western hemisphere. About 45% of the North American shorebird population stops at the Bottoms during spring migration.
About forty minutes south of Great Bend is over 20,000 acres in the Quivira National Wildlife Refuge, which has been accorded international recognition and offers as much diversity as Cheyenne Bottoms.
Other Wildlife Viewing nearby:
(Great Bend) Brit Spaugh Park and Zoo
(Sterling) Central Kansas Outfitters
(Stafford) Central Kansas Whitetail Outfitters
(Great Bend) Cheyenne Bottoms
(Nickerson) H and R Outfitters
(Stafford) Quivira National Wildlife Refuge
11/30 Coming to The Great Bend area
Wild West Festival Hays City KS July3-6 A typical Kansas fair -- parade, big name music stars, games, demonstrations, competitions and shows, including fireworks.
Dodge City Days Dodge City KS July26-August4 The 10-day celebration hosts more than 50 events including Q-97 FM DODGE CITY DAYS COUNTRY Concert,
the top-rated Dodge City Days Rodeo,
a 2-day Indoor Craft show with over 200 crafters from a 10-state area,
Professional Barbecue Contest.
Kansas State Fair Hutchinson KS September6-15 Each year, over 400,000 visitors flock to the Kansas State Fair to visit a wide array of exhibits, partake in fabulous Fair food, and see the amazing butter sculpture.