SCOTT CITY — Lake Scott State Park, one of the state’s most scenic and historic parks, is open for business. The park almost completely encompasses a national historic landmark and is situated in a stunning canyon virtually hidden from nearby US-83 highway. Lake Scott State Park is home to El Cuartelejo, the northernmost pueblo site in the U.S., and the more than century-old Steele Homestead. Park visitors can enjoy beautiful camping facilities while hikers, horseback riders and naturalists have outstanding opportunities to view wildlife and native plants on the park’s nature trails.
Lake Scott State Park is situated near the south end of the state’s newest historic byway, the Western Vistas Historic Byway. On May 7 and 8, the byway will host a “Drive the Byway” weekend. Visitors to Lake Scott can drive the byway, which extends 102 miles from Scott City to Oakley to Sharon Springs, and discover the rich history and scenic beauty of this western Kansas route.
That weekend, travelers can enjoy the following experiences:
- learn about the colorful adventurers scouting western Kansas, establishing frontier trails, forts, county seats, and railroad lines;
- discover an ancient world where creatures swam in a vast inland sea;
- experience the El Cuartelejo pueblo site where Taos Indians fled to escape Spanish persecution in what is now the southwest U.S.;
- visit museums, art shows, and a car show; and
- run a half-marathon on scenic backroads.