The Midwestern state of Kansas is the essence of America. It’s the land of Native Americans, gun-toting cowboys, and the backdrop for the adored Wizard of Oz.
Drive these roads and you’ll witness the glow of golden wild sunflowers, wheat, and cornfields. Not to be missed are the expansive tall grass prairies running for as far as the eyes can see; these are real national treasures.
Well-preserved heritage, natural beauty, and tranquillity await. Visitors will be smitten with the wholesomeness and authenticity of this “garden state.”
This is not a place renowned for its unique RV campgrounds, but there are great places to stay and camp in Kansas.
Here are my suggestions to get you started. (PS. Are you on the search for the best wheel and rim recommendations for your Jeep Wrangler? ATVA has you covered).
Gunsmoke RV Park, Dodge City
Back to the days of tumbleweed and saloon bars, this park gives you a taste of the Wild West. You can even see some classic western cowboy memorabilia (courtesy of the Western TV show Gunsmoke).
The RV park is set in Dodge City, Southwest Kansas, once the home of gunslinger Wyatt Earp.
The campground offers 43 full hook-up pull-throughs and 32 back-in/pull-in RV sites. A generous amount of trees allows you to enjoy some cooling shade in this countryside retreat.
The well-stocked general store serves immediate needs, and there is a pool, playground, and game room to keep the family busy.
Gunsmoke RV Park has won several awards and prides itself on its cleanliness.
During your stay, head to the Boot Hill Museum and learn about the frontiers of the past. Witness smoking gunfight reenactments but be sure to take cover.
Suncatcher Lake & RV Resort, Leavenworth
The appeal for this resort is that it’s on the smaller side for those wanting a quiet, restful getaway.
Found in the emerald countryside of Northeastern Kansas, it’s 15 minutes away from the historic town of Leavenworth.
With 23 lawned sites available, park up next to Suncatcher Lake and let time stand still. The natural bird and wildlife will entertain you as you exhale and relax.
Bring your whole family and pets too.
If you can manage to drag yourself away, why not visit Leavenworth, it’s the oldest city in Kansas and steeped in history. Admire the European and Victorian architecture of vintage buildings, ride a carousel, or picnic on the banks of the Missouri River
Deer Creek Valley RV Park, Topeka
This RV park is in Topeka, the capital city of Kansas, but in a quiet area where you can be assured well-earned peace.
It’s a beautifully landscaped park with trees, laundry, and clean utilities. Children can swim in the pool or burn off some energy in the playground.
There are 54 pull-throughs and five back-in RV sites with WiFi and cable TV options.
If you’re traveling with children and want to explore nearby attractions, this is the perfect place to set up base camp.
Just 1.5 miles away is Lake Shawnee, for a fun fix on the water, offering jet skiing, paddle boating, and fishing.
On the west side of the scenic Lake Shawnee is the Ted Ensley Botanical Gardens. The Gardens provides a remarkable setting of 37.5 acres of panoramic views, 1200 perennials to admire, and meandering pathways to stroll along.
Be prepared for an extended visit as there is still the Kansas Speedway, the Combat Air Museum, and more to explore.
Curtis Creek Park, Milford Lake and Dam
The star attraction of this park is the spectacular views of Milford Lake, which spans acres, with 163 miles of seductive shoreline.
Curtis Creek is a characteristic campsite fulfilling the needs of all types of RVers. Comfort levels are high with clean hot showers and flushing toilets.
There are 30 amp electrical hook-ups. There are no pull-through sites, but there are plenty of inviting grassy spots.
Feel free to bring your boat and launch it from the slipway. Fishing from the bank is a breeze as well.
This public land is a preserve for wildlife in the area. You can visit the education center to see what goes into caring for the many land and water species.
Nature will seduce even the devoutest of city slickers here.
Spring Lake RV Resort, Halstead
This resort hosts a family fiesta of activities and experiences. Your children will remember the fun they had at this park for years to come.
The resort prides itself on family appeal and bringing the community together.
Weekends are jam-packed with concerts, karaoke, bingo, burger and ice cream bars, and events for all to join in.
There are full hook-up sites, laundry facilities, WiFi, and a crisp, clear pool.
Let’s not forget to mention the beautiful setting, the glimmering lake, and the cool sponginess of grass underfoot.
Not to be overlooked, Kansas is an intriguing place.
RVers are welcome, and it’s a great place to start for any newbies.
Diverse not just in its culture, from the indigenous tribes to the infamous cowboys, but also in its abundance of places to visit. Kansas is not just a pull-up and park destination, exploring the area is a must.
The historic buildings, the aviation museum, a collection of 200 antique guns, landmark lakes, and waterfall hikes are all in need of a visit.
In classic Wizard of Oz style, follow the “yellow sunflower roads,” to a place that is full of heart.
Go and kick back in Kansas!