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Cimarron Nat’l Grassland Trail in Kansas

  • Cimarron National Grassland –  Elkhart, Morton Co. –  The 19-mile Companion Trail parallels the Santa Fe National Historic Trail, and begins at Conestoga Trailhead and ends at Murphy Trailhead. Travel north of Elkhart on Hwy 27, cross Cimarron River Bridge and take first gravel road to the east (FS600). Go 7 miles east to County Road 16; continue east 3 miles, then north 2 miles to Conestoga Trailhead. Gravel parking lot accommodates passenger vehicles and stock trailers. Facilities include: unloading, potable water and stock tying facilities, mounting/dismounting facilities for persons with disabilities, and accessible rest-rooms. Identical facilities are located at the Murphy Trailhead (7 miles west of Hwy 27 on FS600).The 10.5 mile Turkey Trail begins south of the Cimarron River Bridge at the far east end of the picnic area and ends 1 mile east of County Road 16. Travel north of Elkhart on Highway 27 to the Cottonwood Picnic Grounds (just south of the Cimarron River Bridge). Vehicles may be parked at the Picnic Grounds. Or pick up the Turkey Trail at the Cimarron Recreation Area, 7 miles north of Elkhart on Hwy 27, then 4 miles east on FS700 (South River Road).  Accessible restrooms are available at the Cottonwood Picnic Ground and the Cimarron Recreation Area. Horses not     permitted within Rec Area or designated picnic grounds. Camping available at Cimarron Recreation Area. Campsites, water, vault toilets; corrals just north of Rec Area. Stock water occasionally available at windmills across the Grassland. Gates must be left as found. 

    Only hay, grain, straw, pelletized feed, or mulch certified as noxious weed-free or noxious weed seed-free by a State Department of Agriculture or other authorized county official shall be used.  Documentation of that  certification shall be provided to the authorized officer.

    Contact info: www.fs.usda.gov/goto/psicc/cim., 620-697-4621. Maps available at US Forest Service District Office (available outside Office after hours)