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!

   Best of the Byway photo contest grand-prize winner!!

Rex W. Rosenberg, a Great Bend based photographer, provided us with this stunning, panorama- style photograph titled  "Sunset Over Ice", which depicts a gorgeous Kansas sunset over Cheyenne Bottoms. The ice covering the marsh allows for a beautiful reflection of the contrasting coolness of the blue sky and the warmth of the setting sun. 

       

UPCOMING EVENTS

KSHSAA Baseball Tournament
May 28 - May 29, 2015
Great Bend Sports Complex

Photography Workshop
May 30, 2015
Kansas Wetlands Education Center

Peace Camp
June 1 - June 5, 2015
Heartland Farm

June Jaunt
June 5 - June 7, 2015
City Wide

For more information on these and a full list of upcoming events, visit our Calendar of Events page.