TRAIL SEASON

  1. Trails within the park are open year-round.
  2. The Prairie Trail and Alum Creek Trail are closed from November 1 thru January 31. Alum Creek Trail may be closed at times for hunting seasons. Contact the park office for current status.
  3. Trails or portions of trails may be closed during high water.

TRAIL ACCESS

  1. Trailhead A—Rockin K Campground – Horses
  2. Trailhead B—Horsethief Canyon Parking – Horses
  3. Trailhead C—Buffalo Tracks Canyon Parking – Mountain Bikes & Hikers
  4. Trailhead D Rockwall Campground - Mountain Bikes and Hikers
  5. Traihead E Split Boulder Trail - Mountain Bikes and Hikers

Please use proper trailheads to alleviate congestion and conflicts.

TRAIL RULES
To help maintain the beauty of the trails and keep them open, please follow these rules:

  1. Park all vehicles in designated parking areas with a vehicle permit properly displayed.
  2. NO MOTORIZED VEHICLES ON THE TRAILS (state vehicles for law enforcement and maintenance excepted.)
  3. Trail access is allowed only from designated trailheads.
  4. Camp only in designated areas and display all permits.
  5. NO CAMPING OR FIRES ALONG THE TRAILS.
  6. Pack it in, pack it out! CARRY OUT ALL TRASH!
  7. Hikers yield right of way to horseback riders.
  8. Mountain bikers yield right of way to horseback riders and hikers.
  9. Mountain bike riders MUST REMAIN ON MARKED TRAILS AND MAINTAINED ROADS (Subject to Prosecution.)
  10. Horseback riders MUST REMAIN ON MARKED TRAILS (Subject to Prosecution.)
  11. Horses are allowed on paved surfaces only where the trail crosses a road and in Rockin K campground .
  12. BUFFALO TRACKS CANYON NATURE TRAIL IS FOR HIKING ONLY.
Kanopolis Multi-use Trails Alum Creek Trails Access from Trailheads A,B,C & D
  • Trail Season: Feb. 1st thru Oct. 31st
  • Length of Trail: 8.30000019073486 mile(s)
  • Trail Activities: Walking, Horse Riding, Mt. Biking
  • There is a permit required on the trail
  • Location of Start: N38 39.321' W098 00.100'
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    These two trails form an 8.3 mile loop across pastures, through canyons, trees and along creeks. There are two minor water crossings. This portion of the trails is easy to moderate in difficulty. There are two short cuts which will make the distance of the loop 5.5 miles. Use caution when traveling this far from the trailheads; there is no short or easy way back once you get to the Alum Creek Trails.


Kanopolis Multi-Use Trails Prairie Trails Access From Trailheads A,B,C & D
  • Trail Season: Feb. 1st thru Oct. 31st
  • Length of Trail: 6 mile(s)
  • Trail Activities: Walking, Horse Riding, Mt. Biking
  • There is camping located near the trail
  • There is a permit required on the trail
  • Location of Start: N38 39.321 W098 00.100
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    Two trails, which are referred to as the Prairie Trails, connect the Horsethief Canyon Trails to the Alum Creek Trails. These trails are easy to moderate in difficulty with one common water crossing, and a short cut. The Prairie Trails will take you to Red Rocks Canyon, a breathtaking Kansas Canyon lined with red sandstone.


Kanopolis Multi-Use Trails Horsethief Canyon Trails Can be accessed at Trailheads A,B,C & D
  • Trail Season: Year-around
  • Length of Trail: 5.5 mile(s)
  • Trail Activities: Walking, Horse Riding, Mt. Biking
  • There is camping located near the trail
  • There is a permit required on the trail
  • Location of Start: N38 39.321' W098 00.100'
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    Two sections of the trail system, referred to as the Horsethief Canyon trails, connect the Rockin' K Trails to the Prairie Trails. The orange Horsethief Canyon Trail is one of the more difficult trails in the trail system. It has three relatively easy water crossings, but the trail is narrow in spots and goes in and out of rocky canyons. The blue Horsethief Canyon Trail is short and easy but has three water crossings that can present a challenge. These crossings can be very deep.


Kanopolis Multi-Use Trails Rockin' K Trails Access from Trailhead A & D
  • Trail Season: Year-around
  • Length of Trail: 4 mile(s)
  • Trail Activities: Walking, Horse Riding, Mt. Biking
  • There is camping located near the trail
  • There is a permit required on the trail
  • Location of Start: N38 39.321' W098 00.100'
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    Two 2 mile sections of the trail system are called the Rockin' K Trails. This section of the trails connect the Rockin' K Horse Campground and the Rockwall Campground to the the main trail system. These are relatively easy trails.


Split Boulder Trail
  • Trail Season: Year-around
  • Trail Activities: Walking, Mt. Biking
  • There is camping located near the trail
  • There is a permit required on the trail
  • Location of Start: N38 39.163 W98 00.070
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    Built in part by an Eagle Scout and Team LATRR, a Mountian bike club out of Lindsborg Kansas. The Split Boulder Trail is a 2 mile beginner or training trail for mountain bikes and a walking trail. This trail show cases some unusual boulders known as concreations, and many scenic views of the lake.


Wildife Viewing Area
  • Trail Season: Year-around
  • Length of Trail: 0.610000014305115 mile(s)
  • Trail Activities: Walking
  • There is camping located near the trail
  • There is a permit required on the trail
  • This trail is ADA accessible
  • Location of Start: N38 38.786' W097 59.390'
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    The Kanopolis Wildlife Viewing Area consists of forty acres within Kanopolis State Park Horsethief Area. Just west of the park office, it features 0.6 miles of surfaced ADA accessible trail circling through a marsh and around two ponds, five photo blinds and an observation deck. The Wildlife Viewing Area offers opportunities for birders, photographers, and outdoor enthusiasts of all ages.


Buffalo Track Canyon Nature Trail
  • Trail Season: Year-around
  • Length of Trail: 0.949999988079071 mile(s)
  • Trail Activities: Walking
  • There is camping located near the trail
  • There is a permit required on the trail
  • Location of Start: N38 40.309' W097 59.975'
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    Enjoy a walk on the trail to observe native plants, wildlife, and the geology of the canyon. The .95 mile (one way) trail follows Bison Creek, which once watered buffalo and the wild horses. Numbered posts along the trail correspond to numbers in the Buffalo Tracks Canyon brochure which is available at the park office, information shelters, gatehouses and local vendors.