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!

The results are in for the fourth quarter photo contest winners! Stay tuned for the
'Best of the Byway' announcement!



Wings & Wetlands Birding Festival
April 24 - 26, 2015
Kansas Wetlands Education Center - 592 NE K-156 Highway
Both experienced and novice birders will enjoy a weekend of guided van tours and educational programs of Cheyenne Bottoms and the Wetlands & Wildlife National Scenic Byway.

Open Farm Day
May 2, 2015 - 10:00am - 3:00pm
Heartland Farm - 1049 CR 390
Tour the farm, feed the alpacas, collect chicken eggs, walk the labyrinth, and more!

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.