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For your dining options: Cap'n Jack's Pub located right here on the property in the big white barn. The Colonial Steakhouse offers breakfast, lunch and dinner.

Things to See and Do in Oakley and in Northwest Kansas Region

Oakley, the county seat of Logan County (a few miles south of us), began as a station on the Union Pacific Railroad line, built between Denver and Kansas City in the 1860s.

Monument Rocks One of the best-known formations is the area known as the Monument Rocks, sometimes referred to as the Chalk Pyramids, and officially recognized by the National Park Service as a National Natural Landmark. Visit Keystone Gallery to top off your tour. According to guest comments, Keystone Gallery is a "must see" while camping in the area.

Western Vistas Historical Byway, just 5 minutes south of High Plains Camping.

Buffalo Bill Sculpture, commemorating Oakley's history with William F. Cody, and a stopping point on the Western Vistas Historical Byway.

Oakley is also home to a small but wonderful 9-hole golf course, Oakley Country Club.

Nature Conservancy's Smoky Valley Ranch consists of 16,800 acres of prairie.

Fick Fossil and History Museum walks you through our local history, from the days of shark swimming here through the days of the Dust Bowl in the 1930s.

Memorial Garden, immediately north of Fick Fossil & History Museum, pays homage to military service members and to the late Kansas State Senator Stan Clark of Oakley.

A few other 'seriously should consider' outings include:  Fort Wallace Museum, the Butterfield Trail Museum, the original Logan County countyseat of Russell Springs, and the Last Indian Raid Museum. More information can also be found on DiscoverOakley.com.

The Prairie Museum of Art and History, located in Colby, is fantastic (and our personal connection is that their building and our main building were "sister barns" on the same farm until they were each relocated in the mid-60s).

On November 19 & 20, 2011, Oakley will host the Governor's Pheasant Hunt. Although it's by invitation only, but if it's good enough hunting for that type of event, it's gotta be great hunting!


Find more day trip ideas in our blogs about the area.

We also have some blogs about the agriculture around us.

Click on the magazine cover to read the online version of the Utlimate Guide to Northwest Kansas.

For many more ideas of day trips, using High Plains Camping as your hub, please refer to NorthwestKansas.org.Northwest Kansas Travel Council




This video produced for the NW Kansas Travel Council by First Generation Video of Wichita is an invitation to get off the beaten track and experience the beautiful geography and Native American history of the Northwest Kansas area. The total video is 11:53, and it is divided here into three parts for easy viewing.

Part 1 -- The Arikaree Breaks of Cheyenne County (the video we've embedded)

Part 2 -- The Kidder Massacre, near Goodland

Part 3 -- The Last Indian Raid, Oberlin