Nature blessed Great Bend in a curious and unexpected way. She gave us an ocean in the midst of a sea of grass. A spectacular array of wildlife is attracted to our marshes, offering nature lovers an unobstructed view into the wonders of the natural world. Spend a few days with us in the lush "Bottoms" and we promise that you will leave the rumor of "flat and dry" Kansas behind.

Great Bend has several biking trails, paved and dirt. Our biking brochure is available for download and offers maps of trails, access points, riding tips, and other additional information.
Our location on the Central Flyway makes for premier birding opportunities during the spring and fall migrations. Cheyenne Bottoms alone attracts 45% of North America's shore birds annually. The birding brochure is available for download which includes maps, tips, and more.
Be prepared for a true outdoor adventure. From the Migrants Mile at Quivira National Wildlife Refuge to a 15 mile trek through the Bottoms, we have hiking trails for all ages! Our hiking brochure is available for download for maps, safety tips, and additional information.
Visitors have a unique chance to observe medical procedures through one way mirrors at the Kansas Raptor Center, tour the largest inland marsh of the interior United States, and stroll through state-of-the-art interactive exhibits at the Kansas Wetlands Education Center. Great Bend is your headquarters for education about the vast wetlands and wildlife that we have right here in the center of Kansas.
Grab your life jacket, sunscreen, and some cold drinks and head out for some paddling down the Arkansas River. Don't forget the binoculars, you will see several birds and wildlife on your journey. For access points, safety tips, and more, download the paddling brochure.
Step out into the nature of our amazing piece of the planet, and don't forget the camera. From amazing architecture to an abundance of wildlife, you are sure to snap some good photos. The photography brochure is available for download to see hot spots, tips, and additional information.
Three internationally important designates wetlands, The Cheyenne Bottoms Wildlife Area, The Nature Conservancy Preserve at Cheyenne Bottoms, and Quivira National Wildlife Refuge, bookend our growing town. These vast wetlands encompass the Wetlands and Wildlife National Scenic Byway that spans 77 miles.