Our state has great physio-geographic diversity with eleven different regions ranging from the Glacial Hills in the northeast to the High Plains of western Kansas. One of the most eye-popping of those regions is the Red Hills. The pictures above reflect a springtime trip so don't be fooled. The colors in the Red Hills will be different this time of year -- but they are always stunning!
There are a couple of recommended ways to see the Red (Gypsum) Hills. One is to travel the Gypsum Hills Scenic Byway, U.S. 160 west of Medicine Lodge and to Coldwater. The other is to take the rustic Gyp Hills Scenic Drive into the heart of the Red Hills. Directions for these backroads are to start about 3 miles west of Medicine Lodge on U.S. 160, then 7 miles south on Gypsum Hill Road, then west. Watch for small green signs, and follow them. This trip is approximately 22 miles round trip and takes you on unpaved roads through rolling hills and red mesas past Flower Pot Mound and other landmarks. Lake City Road will take you north again to U.S. 160.
Of course it's always fun to stop at Buster's in Sun City when you're in this area. Sun City is in northwest Barber County. Pictures above show WenDee, KE #36, going in to Buster's for her very first time and to celebrate she's imbibing in one of their specialties. I'm eating a very juicy hamburger (and was the designated driver).
Buster's hours are Monday 11 a.m.-2 p.m.; Tuesday-Saturday 11 a.m.-8:30 p.m. or longer. 620.248.3256.
By the way, the Gyp Hills Scenic Drive was a finalist for the 8 Wonders of Kansas!
Visit Medicine Lodge, Sharon, Hardtner when you're in Barber County!