Description - The Kansas Department of Wildlife and Parks currently manages 24 state parks across the state and The Prairie Spirit Trail.
- Except for Sand Hills and Mushroom Rock state parks, and the Prairie Spirit Trail, all state parks provide utility and primitive camping. Most have access to reservoirs and wildlife areas. Many also have trails for hiking, biking or horseback riding. Eleven state parks ( Cedar Bluff, Cheney, Cross Timbers, El Dorado, Eisenhower, Kanopolis, Milford, Lovewell, Perry, Prairie Dog, Tuttle Creek, and Webster) now provide cabins, both primitive and modern. A few parks are preserved natural areas, allowing visitors to enjoy unspoiled wild Kansas. Many parks host annual events such as concerts, festivals, and competitions.
Recreation - Whatever your outdoor interest - hiking, camping, wildlife observation, fishing, bike riding, horseback riding, hunting, or just plain relaxing, a Kansas state park has what you're looking for.
Climate - Kansas has an annual mean temperature almost as high as that of Virginia, more sunshine than that of any state to the east, and generous summer rains. The State lies across the path of alternate masses of warm moist air moving north from the Gulf of Mexico and currents of cold, comparatively dry, air moving from the polar regions. Consequently, its weather is subject to frequent and often sharp changes, usually of short duration. Summers are inclined to be warm--often the word "hot" describes them best--but are healthful, with low relative humidity during periods of high temperatures, and usually a good wind movement. Heat prostrations are almost unknown. Summer nights are usually cool, especially in the western counties. Winters are drier, with more sunshine than those of eastern states.
Maps and directions to each park are available on the pages contained in this section describing individaul parks.