Cimarron Grassland - Cut Off - 611

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Cimarron National Grasslands is USFS land surrounding 25 miles of the Cimarron river and a portion of the historic Santa Fe Trail, located in the southwest corner of Kansas. The terrain is rolling hills with tall prairie grass and a sandy river bottom full of cottonwood trees. Hiking and 4x4 trails crisscross the area in an extensive network. The closest town for fuel and supplies is Elkhart, KS. FR 611 (Cut Off) leads north from North River Road (FR 600.1) to the boundary of the National Grasslands. It is an easy dirt road suitable for any vehicle with some clearance. Some portions are rutted and may be muddy when it rains. The short grass makes camping possible, though there are no obvious existing campsites. Some maps show this road connecting to a county road to the north. However, this access has been fenced off, and the county road is not maintained. This area is used for active cattle grazing and oil and natural gas production. Always leave gates as you find them. Dispersed camping is allowed on the USFS land unless otherwise posted. However, there are very few clearings in the brush to set up a tent. There is an improved pay campground accessible from South River Road (FR 700.2)