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Designation: Kansas State Scenic Byway
Fees: There are no fees along the byway proper
Length, One-Way: 42 Miles (70.0 Kilometers)
Time: 1 Hour

General Information

Description - Traveling the Gypsum Hills Scenic Byway is a little like stepping back in time. This 42-mile route traverses through Barber and Comanche Counties past the ancient red shale and sandstone formations of the rugged Gypsum Hills.

Named for the underlying layers of gypsum, the Gypsum or "Red" Hills are phenomena unique in Kansas. Their distinctive color comes from the iron in the soil that "rusts" when exposed. The red bluffs and stark flat-topped buttes are capped with white gypsum and accented with dark green cedars to create a painted landscape of timeless beauty.

The area is noted for its abundance of wildflowers in spring and summer. Recreational and historic opportunities complement the scenic experiences. Medicine Lodge is site of the Indian Peace Treaty and Celebration held every three years. Fishing, boating, swimming, hunting, bird watching, hiking trail riding, backpacking and spelunking activities are available along this route.

Be sure to watch for the abundant wildlife. You just might see deer, turkey, quail, pheasant, raccoons, skunks, beaver, bobcats, porcupine and the occasional armadillo!

Attractions - The Gypsum Hills Scenic Byway is known for it's Cultural, Historical, Natural, Recreational and Scenic Attractions.

Directions from : This byway on U.S. 160 in south central Kansas extends from the western city limits of Medicine Lodge to the junction of U.S. 160 and U.S. 183 at Coldwater.

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Gypsum Hills Scenic Byway , , , , Phone: 620-886-3553

Additional Information:
Kansas Scenic Byways - Kansas offers four state designated scenic byways: Flint Hills, Frontier Military, Gypsum Hills and Post Rock.

Scenic Byways Homepage - National Scenic Byways official web site with detailed info on all national and state byways.


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