National Refuges, Grasslands & Preserves
In addition to the sites operated by the National Park Service, some of the finest natural landscapes in Kansas are managed by the U.S. government. The U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service (USFWS) administers four national wildlife refuges (as well as the Great Plains Nature Center), and the U.S. Forest Service manages Cimarron National Grassland. Together, these sites cover more than 167,000 acres of Kansas wilderness. All or portions of each destination listed below are open to the public to enjoy hiking, wildlife-watching, scenic driving and other outdoor activities. Each location has specific restrictions, so be sure to visit the location’s website or call the office before finalizing your travel plans.