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Cheyenne Bottoms Wildlife Area & Nature Conservancy Preserve

Hoisington, KS 67544
Telephone Number: 620.793.7730


About this Exploration:

As you drive the Wetlands and Wildlife National Scenic Byway, which passes directly through Hoisington on K-4, you will discover Cheyenne Bottoms. East of Hoisington along K-4 you can access the wetlands by turning right on NE 20 Ave (2 miles) or NE 50 Ave (5 miles).

Cheyenne Bottoms is located on Hoisington's southeastern border in a 41,000-acre lowland basin and is the largest fresh water marsh in the interior of the United States. It is considered the most important shorebird migration point in the western hemisphere. Each year this area attracts 45 to 90% of the North American shorebird population during spring migration. At least 320 species of birds have been recorded. The area is a critical habitat for several threatened and endangered species such as Whooping Cranes, Peregrine Falcons, Least Terns, and Piping Plovers. Thousands of Sandhill Cranes stop here on their spring and fall migrations.

Visitors can drive or walk along the dikes for some magnificent birdwatching. The wildlife area offers opportunities for both wildlife enthusiasts and outdoorsmen to bird watch, take pictures, hunt and appreciate nature. Shorebirds, eagles, waterfowl and whooping cranes migrate through Cheyenne Bottoms, a Ramsar Wetland of International Importance.

As a duo entry with Quivira National Wildlife Refuge, Cheyenne Bottoms was voted one of the overall 8 Wonders of Kansas.

contact info
Karen Baldyga, Chamber of Commerce
123 N Main
Hoisington, KS 67544
Phone: 620.653.4311
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