The Group Travel Leader

MAR 2017

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6 5 A M E R I C A ' S C R O S S R O A D S yields a breathtaking and unusual landscape, with rugged canyon cliffs, desert plants and tallgrass prairie. "It was our first state park, and it's a vista that we don't have any- where else," said Linda Lanterman, director of Kansas State Parks. Rangers work hard to maintain the park's nationally recognized trail system, which draws many equestrian groups and mountain bikers. On the Horse-Thief Canyon Trail, visitors can hike or ride along exquisite cliffs overlooking the 3,500-acre lake. Using the boat ramps or courtesy docks, those who enjoy fishing can take advantage of the lake's abundant supply of fish and game. Other local wildlife includes herons, osprey, bald eagles and prairie dogs. The unique terrain extends to the adjacent park, Mushroom Rock State Park, which is managed by Kanopolis staff as well. It is worth stopping by this small park for the afternoon to see the strange mush- room-shaped rock formations that gave the park its name. Kanopolis offers six cabins with modern amenities and campsites with corrals for equestrian use. Groups can also choose to book a hotel in one of the nearby towns, such as the Swedish heritage town of Lindsborg. w w w . k s o u t d o o r s . c o m / s t a t e - p a r k s Courtesy Kanopolis State Park Visitors often see waterfowl on excursions in Kansas' Kanopolis State Park.

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