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Geography

What are some natural aspects of your area that make it unique? Here are some questions to help you assess the Geography of your area:

Consider these categories:
  1. Natural landmarks
  2. Physiographic region(s)
  3. Hiking, biking, or equestrian trails
  4. Lakes and rivers
  5. The sky
  6. Trees, shrubs, grasses, wildflowers, gardens, and arboretums
  7. Wildlife and birds
  8. Scenic drives - scenic byways

*    Physiographic Regions

Kansas has eleven physiographic regions.

People might assume the High Plains region is flat but the Arikaree Breaks, one of the most canyon-like areas of the state, is located in Cheyenne County, the most northwestern county in Kansas.

The community of St. Francis has an online tour guide to help visitors explore the Breaks.

 

*Rivers

Towns in the Solomon River Valley along U.S. 24 have formed an alliance to interpret the heritage of this area in a manner that will encourage visitation and appreciation of the area.

*Scenic Highways

In cooperative efforts, communities apply to become a Kansas Scenic Byway. Some communities such as Strong City, Medicine Lodge, and Lucas have incorporated references to these alluring roads in their brochures and web sites.