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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. 

The Wetlands & Wildlife National Scenic Byway connects two of the world's most important wetlands together - the Cheyenne Bottoms and the Quivira National Wildlife Refuge. But the Byway offers far more than just dazzling wetlands. Along the 77-mile route you will encounter 7 rural communities, all of which have something unique to offer. You can visit handcrafted stone bridges, walk historic underground worlds, follow in the footsteps of early settlers, and so much more.
The Cheyenne Bottoms Wildlife Area, the Nature Conservancy Cheyenne Bottoms Preserve, and the Quivira National Wildlife Refuge anchor the north and south ends of the Wetlands & Wildlife National Scenic Byway. 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 Wetlands & Wildlife National Scenic Byway will take you through wetlands exploding with wildlife, prairie vistas with immense blue skies, and sever rural communities shaped by nature. Not sure where to begin? We have provided you with sample itineraries to assist you in your travels along the Byway.
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.