15 miles south of Minneola on Highway US 283 is the Big Basin--a large circular depression about one mile in diameter and about 100 feet deep.
Please stay on the maintained roads. These flowers are less than 300 feet on either side of the maintained roads and the hiking trail to St. Jacob's Well.
Meade State Park
Located 12 miles southwest of Meade is Meade State Park, a place of outstanding beauty with wildflowers and other native vegetation to enjoy throughout the year. Wildflowering starts when the first flowers appear in late March and early April and continues through early October.
Be sure to see Mark's Mound--an area of native prairie that supports many wildflowers.
Meade State Park wildflowers.
From Kingsdown, view the roadside flowers as you travel 9 miles south and 1 mile west on State Highway 94. Snuggled in Bluff Creek Canyon is Clark State Fishing Lake, a place of outstanding beauty with wildflowers and other native vegetation to enjoy throughout the year. Wildflowering starts when the first flowers appear in late March and early April and continues through early October. Then on to Ashland for more roadside flowers. Start from Ashland and reverse the route for another view of scenic Clark county and its wildflowers.
Clark State Fishing Lake wildflowers.
Coronado Cross Park
First time visitors to southwestern Kansas are struck by the huge expanses of wheat, milo, sunflowers, and a miscellany of other crops whose plantings are measured not in acres, but in sections. These megacroppings have considerably reduced the original stands of short grass prairie, and wildflower enthusiasts must seek out pasture lands, or a few small protected sites which harbor reflect populations of native plants. One such mini preserve, which consistently yields a plethora of wildflowers, is Coronado Cross Park, a small 10 acre plot overlooking the Arkansas River 1 1/2 miles east of Fort Dodge in Ford County.
Coronado Cross Park.
[Fred's Flower Finder]
[Southwest Kansas Wildflowers]
Donated in memory of Fred Meyer, Jr.
to the Ford County Historical Society
, Dodge City, KS
: February 2014
Kansas Heritage Group