- 42 miles (67 km)
- 1 Hour
- There are no fees along the byway proper
Traveling the Gypsum Hills Scenic Byway is a little likestepping back in time. This 42-mile route traverses through Barber andComanche Counties past the ancient red shale and sandstone formationsof the rugged Gypsum Hills.
Named for the underlying layers of gypsum, the Gypsum or "Red" Hillsare phenomena unique in Kansas. Their distinctive color comes from theiron in the soil that "rusts" when exposed. The red bluffs and starkflat-topped buttes are capped with white gypsum and accented with darkgreen cedars to create a painted landscape of timeless beauty.
The area is noted for its abundance of wildflowers in spring andsummer. Recreational and historic opportunities complement the scenicexperiences. Medicine Lodge is site of the Indian Peace Treaty andCelebration held every three years. Fishing, boating, swimming,hunting, bird watching, hiking trail riding, backpacking and spelunkingactivities are available along this route.
Be sure to watch for the abundant wildlife. You just might see deer,turkey, quail, pheasant, raccoons, skunks, beaver, bobcats, porcupine and the occasional armadillo!