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Cimarron Nat’l Grassland Trail in Kansas

  • Cimarron National Grassland –  Elkhart, Morton Co. –  The Cimarron National Grassland includes the 19-mile Companion Trail that 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 restrooms. 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 and water are available at the Cottonwood Picnic Ground and the Cimarron Recreation Area. Camping available at Cimarron Recreation Area: campsites, water, vault toilets, corrals. Livestock not permitted within Rec Area or designated Picnic Grounds. Stock water occasionally available at windmills across the Grasslands. Gates must be left as found. Certified weed-free hay required. Contact info: www.fs.usda.gov/goto/psicc/cim. or 620-697-4621.