Carson and Custer once explored the jagged prairies in what’s now Kanopolis State Park on horseback. For many it’s still a preferred way to sample the land of rugged, strawberry-colored canyons, caves, tall cliffs and nearby reservoir.
The park’s Rockin’ K Campground is one of the best public “horse hotels” within any state park, with pens, corrals, full hook-ups and more. Set amid tallgrass prairie it offers easy access to more than 20 miles of trails.
For pedestrians, the Buffalo Tracks Nature Trail is one of the best family hikes in Kansas, passing along a clear stream, by sizable caves and beneath jagged cliffs with wild flowers on top, and lush ferns on the bottom.