Living the Cowboy Way in Kansas
For more information on Dodge City, contact the Dodge City Convention and Visitors Bureau at 800/653-9378 or visitdodgecity.org.
For more information on Wichita, contact the Wichita Convention and Visitors Bureau at 800/288-9424 or gowichita.com.
For more information on the Flint Hills, contact the Flint Hills Tourism Coalition at 620/273-6763 or kansasflinthills.travel.
WHAT TO DO
Boot Hill Museum and Front Street, Dodge City. Stop here for a drink in the Long Branch Saloon, gunfights by the boardwalk, a walk through the Boot Hill cemetery, nightly variety shows, and exhibits on cowboys, gunslingers and lawmen (pictured at left; 620/227-8188; boothill.org).
Moore Ranch, Bucklin. Joe and Nancy Moore offer a three-day April cattle drive ($750/per person, including meals and gear) a two-day July drive ($500/person) and six-day drives in September and October ($1,500/person). You also can set up custom visits to help with branding and ranch work (620/826-3649; moorelonghornranch.com).
Prairie Rose Chuckwagon Supper, Benton. This long-running attraction near Wichita features an all-you-can-eat barbecue meal and a family-friendly show by the Prairie Rose Rangers. Arrive early for cowboy movies and wagon rides. Show and meal for $30; $10 for kids 6-12 (316/778-2121; prairierosechuckwagon.com).
Old Cowtown Museum, Wichita. Located in downtown's museum complex (on the Old Chisholm Trail), Old Cowtown re-creates an 1880s town. For the most interesting visit, plan to come during special activities such as old-time baseball games, shoot-outs and chuck wagon dinners (316/219-1871; oldcowtown.org).
Flying W Ranch, Cedar Point. On this 7,000-acre ranch, you can herd cattle and do farm chores or simply relax and hike in the Flint Hills. Guests can stay in the spacious lodge or smaller cabins, each with full private baths. Prairie burns in March and April are an annual high point. Rates from $45 (620/274-4357; flinthillsflyingw.com).
WHERE TO STAY
Hotel at Oldtown, Wichita. A convenient base for exploring the city's Museums on the River (including Old Cowtown) and the Oldtown entertainment district, this hotel features modern rooms with old brick walls. An open atrium offers a great gathering spot -- and can, like all of Oldtown, get noisy on weekends. Rates from $119 (316/267-4800; hotelatoldtown.com).