Western Vistas Historic Byway

History & Heritage

History buffs love the Western Vistas Historic Byway, where yesterday's wild west meets today's travelers. 

Here, in western Kansas, is the Wild, Wild West of legend, where Native Americans hunted bison, pioneers trekked, and rustlers roamed - all attempting to eke out a living. You can explore Fort Wallace, "the fightin-est Fort in the West," walk in the footsteps of bison hunter Buffalo Bill Cody, and visit Battle Canyon (Punished Woman's Fork), the site of the last conflict between Native Americans (the Cheyenne) and the United States troops. Visitors can also visit the El Cuartelejo Pueblo Ruins at the Historic Lake Scott State Park. Those also interested in natural history will love the Fick Fossil and History Museum!

Kansas Byways

Glacial Hills

The Glacial Hills Scenic Byway gets its name from the rolling hills and rock-strewn valleys carved by ancient glaciers. 

Smoky Valley

Named for their hazy, blue appearance at sunrise and sunset, the Smoky Hills divide the more easterly mixed-grass prairie from the…

Flint Hills

The Flint Hills National Scenic Byway offers incredible views of the native grasses and flowers of the tallgrass prairie - one of the last…

Post Rock

Over the Smoky Hills of weathered bedrock, the Post Rock Scenic Byway winds through fields, pastures and prairie.

Prairie Trail

When you travel the Prairie Trail Scenic Byway, you follow in the steps of Native Americans, explorers and pioneers as they sought food…

Native Stone

Discover the natural beauty of the panoramic Native Stone Scenic Byway.

Frontier Military

Travel through time, visiting multiple forts along the Frontier Military Historic Byway.  Originally built to move soldiers and…

Gypsum Hills

Ancient floodplains, buttes, canyons, mesas and sinkholes are rare on the Great Plains. Yet, nestled in the Kansas grasslands is the Gypsum…

Route 66

Kansas' Historic Route 66 Byway offers opportunities for visitors to enjoy a variety of experiences to "get their own kicks…

Wetlands & Wildlife

Along the byway, you'll encounter landscapes and communities shaped by the powerful forces of motion and change. You're entering a…

Western Vistas

Visit a rugged landscape on the culturally and visually fascinating route known as the Western Vistas Historic Byway.