Course detail: OS20107F - Exploring the Kansas High Plains: Monument Rocks, Duff's Buffalo Ranch, Prairie Museum, El Quartelejo Pueblo Ruins and Nicodemus

We've planned a jam-packed three-day excursion to Kansas' western frontier that includes a two-night stay in Colby, with visits to the Prairie Museum, Monument Rocks, the El Quartelejo Pueblo Ruins, the Duff Buffalo Ranch, Keystone Gallery, LonFrahm Farm and Nicodemus National Historic Site. Guiding us along the way will be Rex Buchanan, director emeritus of the Kansas Geological Survey. Sign up today!Departing from the KU Edwards Campus in Overland Park, we'll pick up travelers in Lawrence and at the Manhattan Junction (I-70 & KS-177). We'll stop for lunch at the historic Midland Railroad Hotel in Wilson before we venture on to the Prairie Museum in Colby. Afterwards,we'll check into the Comfort Inn. That evening we'll enjoy a private reception before dinner at the City Limits Bar & Grill.On Thursday morning we're off to the majestic Monument Rocks, a series of chalk formations reaching to 70 feet and formed 80 million years ago when this area was a vast inland sea. 

Then, we'll visit the iconic Keystone Gallery, once a remote church built in 1917.Today it is a combination museum, art gallery and gift shop. While half of our group visits the gallery, the rest of us will tour Duff's Buffalo Ranch, riding out into the herd in an open-air wagon. Then we'll switch with the gallery group.We'll leave that dusty western Kansas landscape and descend into the verdant oasis of Lake Scott State Park, site of the El Quartelejo Pueblo Ruins. Here we'll enjoy a box lunch picnic before heading north to Oakley to visit the Buffalo Bill Monument.Thursday night,we'll be the dinner guests of Lon Frahm at the Frahm Farmland-27,000 acres of irrigated corn, dryland corn, drylandwheat, sorghum and soybeans.Approximately 8,000 acres are irrigated with 65 center pivots and 18,000 acresare dryland. It'll be a great evening outon the farm!

On Friday we're off to Nicodemus, the historic town site of the 1877 westward migration of African Americans looking to enjoy their newfound freedom on land they owned and farmed. Then it's lunch on your own in Hays and back on the road home.

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