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Old 10-24-2020, 07:07 AM   #1
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We are considering going to Kansas next spring to visit Dodge City and were wondering whether the trip was worth the trouble. It's right in that tornado belt 155 miles west of Witchita, but there are 17 campgrounds/RV parks there, so I'm thinking maybe it's worth a shot. Has anyone made this trip? Did you have a good time? Any trouble to speak of, area wise?
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Ft. Scott is on the eastern side of Kansas and you can walk all around the old fort which has been well maintained.

https://www.nps.gov/fosc/planyourvisit/index.htm

Traveling west you can spend the night at Elk City State Park. If you are into hiking they have some great trails. One is 15 miles long and people often backpack and spend the night beside the trail. All of the trails wander through trees and rocky bluffs.

https://ksoutdoors.com/State-Parks/Locations/Elk-City

The only thing I know of interest in Dodge City is Boot Hill. You could probably spend a couple of hours there. In the early seventies I spent some time in Dodge City and at that time there were only two campgrounds. Now there is a meat packing plant and I am guessing that lots of the workers are living in trailers in those campgrounds. I think one of the best campgrounds is on the west side and they close and lock the gates at 10pm. This is what they did a few years back, don't know about today.
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We stopped in Dodge City a few years ago and enjoyed our stay, I think a coupe of days at the most would be needed, we stayed at Gunsmoke RV Park and at that time probably the best choice, there are new owners so not sure how it is. There is a KOA but I think they were building it when we were there.

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Old 10-24-2020, 09:44 AM   #4
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good stoping place for a day. i would go south to branson mo. corp. parks everywhere . peel ferry corp park nice . lots of areas to camp .beaver lake in north ark. . stayed a month in that area. make lots of reservations. plan wheekly, full every night , every c- ground.
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Thanks for the replies. We are in our 70s and won't be getting too rowdy.
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When we were there they offered a trolley tour that lasted about 90 minutes, it hit the highlights of town but gave you a chance to see a lot and then if you wanted you could return to look closer if you choose. it was not that expensive just not sure it will still be offered under current conditions.
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We passed through late September 2020.
Boot Hill Museum nice stop. Lots of Western, Cattle and Native American History.
Choose your RV park carefully some are across from feed lots. We stayed at New KOA. Very nice level parking.
For us, a couple days was enough.

If you are passing close to West Mineral Kansas stop and see Big Brutus. Second largest electric shovel built. They have camping on site.

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