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. 



  Argonne Rebels Drug & Bugle Corp
  Exhibit display June 1 - September 5, 2015
  Great Bend Public Library - 1409 Williams Street
  Exhibit Dedication
  July 11, 2015 - 3pm
  Great Bend Public Library - 1409 Williams Street
  March of Champions - Drums Across Kansas
  July 14, 2015 - 7pm
  Great Bend High School Memorial Stadium - 2027 Morton Street


  Drag Races
  SRCA Drag Strip - West Barton County Road
  June 12 - 13, 2015 
  June 26 - 27, 2015
  July 18, 2015 - Sammy Mathews Play Day
  August 14 - 15, 2015 - Featuring the Rocky Mountain Super Chargers
  September 11 - 12, 2015 
  September 25 - 26, 2015 - National Dragster Challenge
  October 2 - 3, 2015
  October 16 - 17, 2015

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