Cimarron, Kansas - The Locale

Located in Cimarron, once dubbed Small Town U.S.A., this property reflects the hard-working, Old West heritage of the pioneers who arrived by stage and by covered wagon.

Population 2,010, Cimarron is located at Highways 50/23, providing the opportunity for safe, small-town life accompanied by the amenities available in regional trade cities of Dodge City (25,000), Garden City (29,000) and Liberal (20,000) — all just minutes away.  Big city life is only a half-day’s drive to Wichita, Oklahoma City, or Colorado Springs or an easy, six-hour drive to Denver, Kansas City or Santa Fe.

The county seat of Gray County, Cimarron is on the Central High Plains in the heart of deer and pheasant hunting country. The county is home to four wind farms with more than 450 turbines providing power to homes across the country.  (http://www.nexteraenergyresources.com/pdf_redesign/graycounty.pdf)

The community itself has excellent, safe schools, including a new high school and new community recreation facilities featuring a handball court, state-of-the-art exercise room, and a volleyball/basketball court. The new, free, city pool opened in 2013, and a three-field softball complex operates throughout the summer. One of the state’s premiere small-town libraries hosts a complete selection of lending materials, computer access and excellent meeting facilities.  In June 2002, residents celebrated the completion of a $650,000 project that converted the city’s nine-hole, sand green golf course to grass greens.  Cimarron is the smallest First Tee community in the U.S. To learn more about Cimarron, visit www.cimarronkansas.net .

 Cimarron Golf Course

Cimarron Golf Course

Regional heritage tourism attractions include the Boot Hill Museum; the Boot Hill Repertory Company’s Santa Fe Depot renovation, a $10.2 m. project that features the Depot Theater events and performances, and the Kansas Heritage Center, all in Dodge City, an easy 20-minute drive. (http://www.visitdodgecity.org)  The Boot Hill Casino and United Wireless Events Center provide entertainment with  gaming, performances, events, and dining opportunities a mere 18 minutes away.

 Dodge City Santa Fe Depot

Dodge City Santa Fe Depot

Garden City, thirty minutes west, features one of Kansas’ top tourist sites, the Lee Richardson Zoo with a state-of-the-art zoo education center, a Southeast Asia exhibit, and the world’s largest-concrete-outdoor-swimming pool.  A multi-modal transportation center is housed in the city’s renovated Santa Fe depot. http://www.finneycountycvb.com/ 

Liberal, Kansas, 75 miles away, features Dorothy’s Home and the Coronado Museum as well as the country’s fifth largest air museum, the Mid-America Air Museum with a 50 piece collection of vintageplanes. http://www.visitliberal.com/ .

 Keeper of the Plains - Wichita, KS

Keeper of the Plains - Wichita, KS

Day trips (two-three hour drives) include the Sternberg Museum in Hays (http://sternberg.fhsu.edu/); the Kansas Cosmosphere & Space Center (http://www.cosmo.org) or Strataca, the Kansas Underground Salt Museum (http://underkansas.org/) in Hutchinson. For city life, a visit to Wichita for shopping or a visit to Exploration Place Science and Discovery Center (http://www.exploration.org/), can be topped off with the ceremonial lighting of the smudge pots at the Keeper of the Plains on the confluence of the Little Arkansas and Big Arkansas Rivers (http://www.kansastravel.org/keeperoftheplains.htm).