Welcome to Great Bend, Kansas... It's in our nature to inspire
You have reached the core of Walt Whitman's "Prairies and Plains," the defining American landscape. Don't let the word plain fool you though. There is much to do here along the Arkansas River! Enjoy a tour of the Wetlands and Wildlife National Scenic Byway, venture out to the vast wetlands that bookend our town, Cheyenne Bottoms and Quivira National Wildlife Refuge. Visit our downtown area where you will delight in strolling the Birdhouse Art Walk and the Kansas Quilt Walk. While you are downtown, take time to browse the wide array  of retail establishments. Great Bend offers tourists the broadest selection of food and lodging choices in the region, where you can unwind in the comfort of small-town America. No matter your interest or time, Great Bend is your home for exploring these parts of the Plains!



Central Kansas Spring Expo
Saturday, March 28 - Sunday, March 29
Great Bend Expo Complex - West Barton County Road
Local businesses promote everything from home improvement to personal fashions, food, finance, health, and everything in between. 
For more information, call 620-792-6044.

View a full calendar of events.

Read Dan Witt's latest Marsh Musings article about the current activity in the marshes of Cheyenne Bottoms

Wings & Wetlands Birding Festival

In conjunction with the Kansas Wetlands Education Center, Kansas Department of Wildlife, Parks, and Tourism, The Nature Conservancy, and the Kansas Birding Festival, we would like to invite you to join us for the 2015 Wings & Wetlands Festival in Great Bend. You will enjoy 2 days packed full of guided birding trips to Cheyenne Bottoms, Quivira National Wildlife Refuge, and other birding hot spots in the area; along with workshops, meals, and keynote speakers.

The festival will take place April 24th and 25th, 2015. Visit kansasbirdingfestival.org or call
877-243-9268 for more information and a complete schedule. Download a registration form.