Scenic roadways serve as natural, social, cultural and economic resources for the visitors to the state of Kansas, the people of Kansas and the local communities in which the roadways are located. The program is a cooperative effort among private citizens, local groups, local governments and state government agencies.
The Kansas Byways Program was formed to identify and designate scenic roadways for the enjoyment of the traveling public in Kansas. It is related to the National Scenic Byways Program, a project of the 1991 Intermodal Surface Transportation Efficiency Act (ISTEA). The National Scenic Byways Program seeks to identify and designate national scenic byways to increase tourism and educate the traveling public about our nation's environment, history and culture.
Roads in Kansas may be nominated for byway designation by private citizens, local groups or local governments. To nominate a road for Kansas byways designation, obtain forms from the Kansas Byways Program, complete the application form and a preliminary route resource inventory and then submit the form and inventory information to the Program at the Kansas Department of Wildlife, Parks & Tourism. Call 800-684-6966 for further information.
The Kansas Byways Program is designed to work within existing state and local regulations. The program does not require significant local financial investment nor does it infringe on individual private property rights.