The mission of Prairie Travelers is to develop, maintain and promote the Prairie Sunset Trail. Our vision is that the Prairie Sunset Trail connects neighbors and communities; promoting healthy, active lifestyles, stewardship of nature and appreciation of the region’s history. Prairie Travelers is an all volunteer non-profit, and is the cooperative effort of residents, local trail groups and outdoor enthusiasts dedicated to expanding recreational opportunities in the region through the development of rails converted to trails.
About Prairie Travelers, Inc
Many of our ancestors settled Kansas by traveling in covered wagons over historical trails such as the Santa Fe Trail and later on steam railroads. That is why Prairie Travelers, along with other state rail to trails groups, proposes to establish a network of linear trails and other recreational trails in Kansas. A resolution passed by the Kansas Legislature in 1991, authorizing the creation of a Statewide Heritage Trails Plan.
Prairie Travelers is the trustee holding title to the 8 miles of railbanked trail near Garden Plain, KS in southwest Sedgwick County. The “Prairie Sunset Trail” extends from 295th street west to 167th street west. Notices of Interim Use were issued by the Surface Transportation Board under the authority of the National Trails Act (http://www.nps.gov/nts/legislation.html) to Prairie Travelers. Rail-trails are corridors railbanked under the authority of the 1983 amendment of the National Trails Act. They are considered out-of-service corridors, protected for future national need, which are in the interim available for recreational use.
The Prairie Sunset Trail extension from 167th St W to Hoover Rd (by the Big Ditch) was built with an agreement with the City of Wichita and Sedgwick County in 2015 to complete the trail into the City for commuting and recreational needs, making the Prairie Sunset Trail 15 miles in length.
Prairie Travelers, Inc is a non-profit, 501(c)3 organization.
AmeriCorp NCCC volunteers made were here for 13 weeks helping us with trails on both sides of town! It was a lot of work but a great deal of progress took place and they were a lot of fun!
Show your spirit! The proceeds of all t-shirt sales go directly to Prairie Travelers’ mission. The t-shirts cost $15.00 each and come in both men’s and women’s designs.
The Prairie Sunset Trail t-shirts above are available by emailing us.
Prairie Travelers, Inc.
P.O. Box 781033
Wichita, KS 67278-1033
Associated Kansas Organizations
OPEN: 1.4 miles (Hillsboro)
Hillsboro Recreation Commission
Marquette Pioneer Trail
OPEN: 2.1 miles (Marquette)
City of Marquette
Missouri Pacific Recreational Trail
OPEN: 0.5 miles (Iola)
Prairie Spirit Trail
OPEN: 52 miles (Ottawa to Iola)
Redbud Trail East
OPEN: 7 trail miles (Andover, Augusta)
Planned: 12 MILES
Redbud Trail West
OPEN: 10 trail miles (Wichita, Andover)
Completed w pavement: 6.5 MILES
Wichita Parks and Recreation
OPEN: 0.4 miles
PLANNED: 1.0 miles (Coffeyville)
South Hutchinson Trail
OPEN: 0.2 miles
PLANNED: 2.9 miles (Hutchinson)
City of South Hutchinson
OPEN: 4.5 m (in Lindsborg)
City of Lindsborg
OPEN: 1.5 miles
PLANNED: 6 miles (Pittsburg)
City of Pittsburg
Western Sky Trail
OPEN: 1 mile
PLANNED: 19 miles (Chanute, Fredonia)
Whistle Stop Trail
OPEN: 1.8 miles (Elkhart)
Elkhart Recreation Commission
Wildcat Creek Trail
OPEN: 1.4 miles (Manhattan)
Manhattan Parks & Recreation
Allied Trail Groups
- American Discovery Trail
- Biking Across Kansas
- Central Kansas Conservancy
- Kansas Department of Wildlife and Parks
- Kansas Trails Council
- Sunflower Foundation