The Cimarron National Grassland, located within Morton and Stevens Counties in southwestern Kansas, covers 108,175 acres and contains 23 miles of the Santa Fe National Historic Trail’s Cimarron Route, the longest Trail segment on public land. A 19-mile “companion” trail, a mowed trace across the prairie, parallels the actual Trail route, and was constructed for non-motorized traffic. Two trailheads provide drinking water, restroom facilities, and vehicle and trailer parking. Unlike other sections of the trail, it is open to the public for their enjoyment. Hunters, fishermen, campers, hikers, wild flower enthusiasts, bird watchers and history buffs are everyday visitors on the Grasslands.
The Auto Tour scenic drive is a great way to see the Grassland by car. The tour begins at the intersection of Highway 56 and Morton Street (Elkhart’s main street) and continues throughout the Grassland. The tour includes 11 stops at unique places and features 6 points of interest.