Colorado Backcountry Adventures
I have to admit...the more time I spend in this area, the more it makes me feel as if I should eventually settle down in the Flint Hills of Eastern Kansas. This place is extremely rich in Native American and Pioneer history. Seeing as how I LOVE ANYTHING history related, you can imagine my stoke level with discovering relics from a bygone era literally at every turn. Long ago the Comanche ruled this land followed by the Kaw and then the Pioneers. Add to it the incredible biodiversity of the Great Plains and you’ve got a truly unique area unlike anywhere else on Planet Earth.
Just north of the Tallgrass Prairie National Preserve is the historic town of Council Grove, the last stop on the Santa Fe Trail before venturing into the vast wilderness of the Great Plains. Council Grove is a small town of roughly 2,000 people but boasts 25 national and state registered historic sites.
If you’re ever traveling through Kansas, you owe it to yourself to get off Interstate 70 and explore the Flint Hills Scenic Byway. Located within the Flint Hills is the Konza Prairie, the last place on Earth to view the original grassland prairie which covered an area stretching from Texas all the way up to the northern plains of Canada, an ecosystem at its peak estimated to be 501,900 square miles. Only 4% remains and it can be found in the Kansas Flint Hills.
Years ago Travel Mag listed the Konza Prairie as one of the top 7 places in the world to view a sunset. Just google “Konza Prairie Sunset” and be prepared to pick your jaw up off the floor. If you want to see the Tallgrass at it’s peak then venture into this area in the fall when natural prairie grass is anywhere from 4 to 8 feet tall...view the grasslands from above on a bluff with a bit of wind and the Tallgrass swaying in the breeze looks like waves on the ocean.
If you ever thought Kansas was a flyover State, the Flint Hills will immediately change your mind.
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