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!


  Summer Street Stroll
 August 21, 28: 6:00-9:00pm
 Jack Kilby Courthouse Square - 1400 Main Street
 Stroll the square and check out the vendors who come down to share their wares. 

 SRCA Drag Races
 August 23: 2:00 - 11:00pm
 SRCA Dragstrip - West Barton County Road
 August 23rd will feature the National Dragster Challenge and the Rocky Mountain  Superchargers.


 Read Dan Witt's latest Marsh Musings article here.