In October of 2019 a new state park opened in Kansas: Little Jerusalem Badlands State Park. I knew that we would be going to Kansas in later December and this new park was top on my list of places to visit.
The day we had the chance to visit was so very windy. In theory the temperature was above freezing – about 38°F – once the wind chill was factored in the temperature felt like 27°F. If you have never walked in it before that Kansas wind can just cut right through you.
This park was odd to get to, there is currently no sign at the turn off on Highway 83 and you turn on to a dirt road. Google maps are wonderful. After about four miles you turn onto another dirt road but there is a sign at least; it is a mile from the second turn to the park. Bear was not happy with the bumpy ride.
The entry fee is $5 per vehicle and there is no camping at the park. Dogs are allowed on leash. There are two fairly short and easy trails. To go off the trails you need to be on a guided tour. Unfortunately, since we visited between Christmas and New Years those were on hold because the office was closed but I’d love to go back and take a guided tour.
While we were there the ground had a light dusting of snow – just enough to cool a Bear’s toes. Bear had a great time despite the weather and seemed to dance with excitement down the trails.
Like the Great Sand Dunes, this parks just looks wonderful in black and white. And it is just a few miles down the road from Scott Lake State Park if you want to get some additional hiking in.
I hightly suggest this state park – it is tiny but beautiful and a wonderful example of the hidden beauty that Kansas holds.
Thank you KW Photography for allowing me to use your wonderful photos!
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We can’t wait to visit this new state park!
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