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Nature

With our town located near an ecological wonderland, you are bound to see stunning sights of wildlife and geography. Everywhere you look, you will see the wonders Kansas offers to the world. 

Great Bend has several choices of paved and dirt biking trails. Our biking brochure is available for download and includes maps of trails, access points, riding tips, and other additional information.
Our location on the Central Flyway makes for premier birding opportunities during the spring and fall migrations. Cheyenne Bottoms alone attracts 45% of North America's shore birds annually. Our birding brochure is available for your convenience.
Be prepared for a true outdoor adventure. From the Migrants Mile at Quivira National Wildlife Refuge to a 15-mile trek through the Bottoms, we have hiking trails for all ages! Our hiking brochure is available for download with maps, safety tips, and additional information.
Grab your life jacket, sunscreen, and some cold drinks and head out for some paddling down the Arkansas River. Don't forget the binoculars - you will see several birds and wildlife on your journey. For access points, safety tips, and more, download the paddling brochure.
Step out into the nature of this amazing piece of the planet - and don't forget the camera. You are sure to snap some good photos of amazing architecture and Kansas wildlife. The photography brochure is available to download for hot spots, tips, and additional information.
Visitors have a unique chance to observe the largest inland marsh of the United States and stroll through state-of-the-art interactive exhibits in two of Great Bend's proudest sites - the Wetlands and the Brit Spaugh Zoo.
Along the byway, you'll encounter landscapes and communities shaped by the powerful forces of motion and change, from rippling wheat fields to the grand spectacle of a hundred thousand shorebirds in the wetlands.