Cimarron Grassland - Gravel Pit - 760

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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 760 (Gravel Pit) starts as a very easy graded dirt road, but once you pass the gravel pit, it becomes a rustic double-track trail with some soft sand and ruts. Some portions may be muddy when it rains. This trail provides access to the grasslands from County Road F, which leads to Highway 27. At the gravel pit gates, the original trail has been closed, but the trail takes a small detour to the east and rejoins the original route a short distance to the north. This entire area is actively used for cattle grazing and also for oil and natural gas production. Always leave gates as you found 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)