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Area Attractions

Welcome to Oakley, Kansas, located at the intersection of U.S. Route 83 and U.S. Route 40 in Northwest Kansas, just west of Interstate 70. Built on rolling prairies and a friendly community, this small town is the perfect spot to get away from it all.
We'd like to make some suggestions of places to visit while you stay with us at Kansas Country Inn. Please read below for dining, entertainment, and outdoor recreation locations. For information on upcoming events in Oakley, check out the Visit Oakley, Kansas, website.

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Outdoor Recreation

Smoky Valley Ranch Hiking Trail Sign

Smoky Valley Ranch Hiking Trail

Hiking trails in the Smoky Valley Ranch area wind through expansive prairie vistas and chalk bluffs. Hikers and walkers will be inspired by the views of the Smoky Hill River. Trails are open year round and there are two hikes available - a one-mile and a five-mile.

We recommend that you bring good boots and a water bottle since the terrain can be quite rough.

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Smoky Valley Ranch Hiking Trail Sign

Lake Scott State Park

This park consists of 1,020 acres and surrounds the 100-acre spring-fed Scott State Fishing Lake and a 160-acre wildlife area west of the park. The park is one of the most historic places in Kansas, with more than 26 archaeological sites in and near the park. The park is an ideal setting for camping, boating, swimming, hiking, hunting, fishing, and wildlife observation.

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Smoky Valley Ranch Hiking Trail Sign

Little Jerusalem Badlands State Park

From a distance, the chalk outcroppings in these badlands were thought to resemble the ancient walled city of Jerusalem. Visitors can sit and enjoy the expansive vistsas of the rock faces, some as high as 100 feet, or hike one of the self-guided trails, or join a ranger-guided hike. The park is open during daylight hours.

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Oakley Golf Course in Kansas

Oakley Golf Course

Don't miss the opportunity to play a few rounds of golf while you stay with us at Kansas Country Inn. The Oakley Golf Course is a 9-hole course with a rating of 68.0 and a slope rating of 105. It features fast greens and water is in play on 3 holes. Designed by Ken Yokum, the Oakley golf course opened in 1934.

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Hunting in Kansas


Kansas is consistently ranked as one of the top three states in the country for pheasant hunting. The combination of native grass and varied farm crops makes the Oakley region an ideal habitat for ring-necked pheasants.

The Governor’s Ringneck Classic pheasant hunt is held annually in November. This community event features a variety of invited celebrities.

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Annie Oakley Park Pool

Pool and Playground at Annie Oakley Park

The Annie Oakley Park is located at 5th Street and Price Avenue and has a fun playground for the family and a cool pool which is open Memorial Day weekend until Labor Day.

The pool includes four water-slides, a diving board and a children's pool for younger swimmers. The pool is also open for public swimming and private parties on some evenings. Call 785-671-3966 for more information.

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There are plenty of terrific places to get food near Kansas Country Inn.  Here are a few of our favorites:

  • Buffalo Bill's Bar & Grill, 207 Center Avenue, 785-671-1287
  • Casey's, Hwy 40 and Highway 83, 785-672-4997
  • Dairy King, 400 S. Freeman, 785-672-4127
  • Dollar General, 608 S. Freeman, 913-336-2063
  • I-Hop, Mitten's Travel Plaza, Hwy 40 & I-70, 785-672-3565
  • J&J Oil Travel Plaza, 465 US 83, 785-672-0032
  • Jamboree Foods, 127 Converse, 785-671-3206
  • Oakley Country Club, 815 W. South Second, 785-672-3081
  • Pizza Hut, 514 S. Freeman, 785-672-3108
  • Sonic Drive In, 3689 US-40, 785-671-8687
  • Subway, Mitten's Travel Plaza, Hwy 40 & I-70, 785-672-8900
  • Sunshine Bakery featuring Daylight Donuts, corner of highways US 40 and US 83, 785-672-4417
  • The Bluff, 210 S. Freeman, 785-672-8892
  • Tres Hermanos Mexican Restaurant, Grill and Cantina; Hwy 83 and I-70, 785-671-1020

Local Attractions

Chalk Pyramids

Chalk Pyramids and Monument Rocks

Rising above the plains in Gove County in western Kansas is Monument Rocks, a series of large chalk formations formed some 80 million years ago.

These magnificent large monoliths, rising as high as 70 feet, were created during the Cretaceous Period of geologic history when the area was covered by the Niobrara seaway, which extended from the present day Gulf of Mexico north through Canada.

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Fossils in a rock

Fick Fossil and History Museum

The Fick Fossil and History Museum shares a building with the community library and allows you to walk through the history of Logan County. The tour starts in the Prehistoric era amid sharks teeth and fossils found locally and ends during the dust storms of the 1930s in Oakley.

The museum is open seven days a week in summer, with shorter hours in winter. There is also a gift shop. Call (785) 672-4839 for hours.

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Keystone Art Gallery

Keystone Art Gallery Fossil Museum

The museum houses a permanent collection of local Kansas Cretaceous fossils. The art page features paintings by Chuck Bonner and scenic photography by Barbara Shelton.

Keyston Gallery is located between the towns of Oakley and Scott City, Kansas, on US 83 overlooking the Smoky Hill Valley and the Badlands of Kansas region.

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Buffalo Bill Cody

Buffalo Bill Cultural Center and Sculpture

Buffalo Bill was an American soldier, bison hunter and showman who became famous for the shows he organized with cowboy themes, which he toured in Great Britain and Europe as well as the United States.

He was the inspiration for the famous Buffalo Bill bronze sculpture, located just west of 2nd St. on US Hwy 83. The sculpture was voted one of the "8 Wonders of Kansas Art", and commemorates the 1868 contest between William F. Cody and William Comstock where the winner earned the name “Buffalo Bill”. While you're here, stop in the Cultural Center and shop in the Buffalo Bill Cabin Gift shop for souvenirs featuring Kansas-made products.

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Lesser Prairie Chickens

Lesser Prairie Chicken Viewing Tours

This area offers some of the best places in the world to see the lesser prairie chicken up close. Guided tours on private ranches are offered in March through May. Reservations are required.

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Hockey sign

Oakley's Family Fun Center

For bowling, food, and fun, visit Oakley's Family Fun Center. They also have live entertainment, pool, and a restaurant and bar. It's the perfect night out for friends or a visit with the whole family for open bowling.

Call 785-671-3811 for more information.

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