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 (Ar-Kansas) 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 assortment of retail establishments. Plan for bird-watching, a bike ride, nature hike, take pictures along the river, and visit our historic sites connected to the Santa Fe Trail and Exoduster migration. 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!

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 "The miracle of hearing is always amazing.  I am starting to lose a little bit of mine, but am  not to the hearing aid level yet.  The sounds of nature are as exhilarating as the sights or  nature.  Go to the Bottoms and park your vehicle and open the windows and just listen.  It  will calm your soul. "

 Read the latest Marsh Musings article here .