Welcome to the Cimarron National Grassland, one of twenty National Grasslands administered by the U.S. Department of Agriculture, Forest Service.
At 108,175 acres it is the largest area of public land in Kansas and the only parcel managed by the Forest Service.
Rock cliffs, cottonwood groves, grassy fields, yucca and sage brush are scattered throughout the land. The land is managed for wildlife, water conservation, livestock grazing, recreation and minerals production. Federal and private land are interspersed, so please respect the property of others.
Bird watching, scenic driving, hunting, picnicking, camping, fishing and experiencing history are favorite activities.
Hidden in the Southwest Corner of Kansas you will find Point Rock Golf Club. Point Rock is the newest of the nine-hole golf courses that have been built in Southwest Kansas. Point Rock get its name from the Point of Rocks area Northwest of the City of Elkhart in the Cimarron National Grasslands.
Morton Countians are the new owners of the golf course and have totally rebuilt it. The project, which started in July of 1998, has brought a new state of the art irrigation system to water the new Bentgrass Greens and Bluegrass Fairways. The lay out of the new course is drastically different than that of the old course. With holes four and five built over a runway of the near by airport to help with the congestion problems that hindered the old course. Four Green built just 30 yards from Oklahoma gives the golfer the opportunity to hit his or her ball clear out of the state. The addition to the pond that brought us the signature hole, maybe the most dramatic par 3 in Southwest Kansas, a 181-yard forced carry over water with a retaining wall just in front of the green that will challenger any player. Point Rock will play 3200 yards from the back tees and 2616 from the front tees giving golfers any ability a challenge.
Over 50,000 yards of topsoil was moved to build all new greens, tee boxes and mounds. The course also offers seventeen bunker’s and native rough to grab any miss hit shot. They also have added new cart paths and a clubhouse.rn
The newest city park, Whistle Stop Park, runs parallel to the railroad tracks of Elkhart and covers 23.5 acres.
Located along Highway 56, it allows walkers, bikers, and rollerbladers access to over a mile and a half of asphalt paths. It is this park that has become the talk of the state as far as community involvement and usage.
The city currently has five city parks in it’s care. Cunningham Park is located at the North-Western end of Morton Street. This park is geared towards pre-teen and teen users with tennis courts, and a basketball court. The City-Library Park, located on Kansas Ave next to the Morton County Library is geared towards toddlers and grade school children with its many slides and swings it often welcomes families looking to get out in the sun and fun. Coronado Park located just off of Baca Ave on Cimarron Road is a small multi-purpose park with swings, and other multi-age playground equipment areas. Swimming Pool Park is where the Municipal Pool is located and offers visitors everything from horse shoe throws to areas where children may go and romp and play on many slides and ladders.
A short distance east of Point of Rocks is Middle Springs, a small oasis on the prairie where water rises from an ever-flowing artesian spring. It was the only reliable watering spot for 30 miles each way along the Trail. Today the spring is home to tall trees and brushy undergrowth which attract migrating birds, but during Santa Fe Trail days, it probably a treeless and muddy waterhole, trodden and stirred by buffalo, livestock, and Trail travelers. This welcome resting spot along the Trail now has a picnic area and walking trail for your enjoyment.
Elkhart boasts its own semiprofessional baseball team, the Dusters, sanctioned by the National Collegiate Athletic Association. Promising, hopeful players descend on the community each summer to play, practice and live with local families.
The Dusters attract fans of all ages and even scouts from the pros while they keep the summers alive with the excitement of baseball.
The Cimarron National Grassland near Elkhart, Kansas, contains 23 miles of the Santa Fe Trail’s Cimarron Route, the longest Trail segment on public land. A 19-mile “companion” trail, a mowed swath across the prairie, parallels the actual Trail route, and was constructed for non-motorized traffic. Two trailheads provide drinking water, restroom facilities, vehicle and trailer parking, stock unloading facilities and ramps for mounting and dismounting horses.
In 1996, the Morton County Historical Museum was designated as an Official Interpretive Facility for the Santa Fe Historical Trail by the National Parks Service.
Point of Rocks, the large outcropping of rock rising above the prairie, was visible for long distances from both directions along the Santa Fe Trail. It was a landmark and guide for travelers. The panoramic view of the Cimarron River Valley from Point of Rocks was excellent for seeing other travelers or game. Today you can drive to the top to enjoy the view.rn
Glenn ran on the 1932 and 1936 U.S. Olympic teams winning a silver medal in 1936 in the 1500 meters. In 1938 he set an indoor mile world record with a time of 4.04.4 and was given credit for making the mile the glamour event in indoor track and was selected as the outstanding track performer in the 100 year history of Madison Square Garden.
Thane Baker, in 1952, captured the silver medal in the 200 meters during the Olympic held in Helsinki, Finland. In 1956, in Melbourne, Australia, he won the gold medal as captain and member of the 400 meter relay team; a silver medal in the 100 meters, and the bronze medal in the 200 meters.
The epitome of “True Winners”, both on the track and in their everyday life, they are an inspiration to all.
The two large displays and oil painting by local artist, Julie Caffee, is a fitting tribute to their endeavors. Located at the Morton County Historical Society Museum.
A visit to the Morton County Historical Museum is an exploration in history.
As you enter the museum, you will note the beautiful paintings around the room, depicting the history of Morton County. All are painted by local artists, reflecting pride in sturdy pioneer ancestors.
Walking through the museum, your imagination will allow you to relive Coronado\’s quest as he crosses the prairie; to experience the Indian\’s life as he follows the herds of buffalo. The Santa Fe Trail becomes a reality in your mind, and you can plainly visualize the freight wagons lead by William Becknell, as they hurry towards Middle Springs, just below Point of Rocks, for the only available water after leaving Wagon Bed Springs on the Cimarron Cut-Off.
You relive these events in history as you tour the various rooms of the pioneer home, the early businesses; look at the covered wagon hooked up to life-size horses; go down into the half dugout that is renewed memories for many visitors; and walk into the 14\’ teepee with Indian artifacts of the \”Native Americans\”. Antique tractors, cars, toys … there is something for everyone.
The Museum was established in 1987, and though the people of Morton County are the true history makers, staff and volunteers are extremely proud of their accomplishments to preserve and conserve the past.rn
The museum is a tribute to those who live … and a memorial to those who have passed on.