Wetlands and Wildlife National Scenic Byway

Along the byway, you'll encounter landscapes and communities shaped by the powerful forces of motion and change, from rippling wheat fields to the grand spectacle of a hundred thousand shorebirds in the wetlands. 

Tracing the mile lines of the Great Plains, the Wetlands & Wildlife National Scenic Byway connects two of the world's most economically important wetlands - Cheyenne Bottoms and Quivira National Wildlife Refuge. But the Byway offers far more than dazzling wetlands. Along the 77-mile route you will encounter 7 rural communities, all of which have something unique to offer. You can visit hand-crafted native stone bridges, walk historic underground worlds, savor local artwork, follow in the foots steps of early settlers along the Santa Fe Trail, meet birds of prey at a state-of-the-art Raptor Center, and so much more.
Cheyenne Bottoms Wildlife Area, The Nature Conservancy Cheyenne Bottoms Preserve, and Quivira National Wildlife Refuge provide the anchors at the north and south ends of the Wetlands & Wildlife National Scenic Byway. They showcase the diversity of prairie marsh habitat with one being a fresh water marsh and the other a salt water marsh. More than 60,000 acres of natural wetlands host hundreds of thousands of migrating ducks, geese, gulls, cranes, and shorebirds annually. No wonder this wetland region has been named one of the Eight Wonders of Kansas!
The byway reveals a surprise hidden in the flat plains of Kansas. The byway road moves through wetlands exploding with wildlife, prairie vistas with immense blue skies, and sever rural communities shaped by nature and the pioneer spirit. Not sure where to begin? We have provided you with sample itineraries to help assist you in planning your travel along the Byway. Linger over the restored grasslands that flourish under the Kansas sky, taste bread baked from the wheat grown in our back yards, check out the vintage neon lights throughout the communities, and so much more. 
Cheyenne Bottoms and Quivira National Wildlife Refuge are international treasures nestled in the heart of America, and the communities that line the Wetlands & Wildlife National Scenic Byway are charming, hospitable, and quintessentially Midwestern. Interested in learning more about each community's story? Use these supporting documents and story ideas to help spark your creative writing.