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Off-Road Trails: Kansas

It might be flat, but this state has plenty of top-notch riding terrain!

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Kansas might be a pretty flat state in terms of elevation, but it is far from flat when we talk about fun factor and off-road riding opportunities! Between difficult rock climbs, wide open trails, and sprawling sand dunes, these riding areas are perfect for family adventures.

One of the best things about Kansas is that these riding areas are spread out all over the state, making them easily accessible for a wide range of residents. So pack up your truck and trailer, grab some family or friends, and heady to Kansas for an off-road road trip to remember.

Size 254 Acres

Skill Level All

Trailhead South Haven, Kan.

Kansas Badlands

Size 254 Acres

Skill Level All

Trailhead South Haven, Kan.

With over 254 acres of off-road riding trails and many events throughout the calendar year catering to all of us off-road fanatics, the Kansas Badlands is an off-roader’s paradise in the middle of the country. If you’re really into the sport of SXS racing, you can even bring your rig to play on the track and race on select weekends throughout the year. If South Haven doesn’t have enough amenities or what you are looking for, the major city of Wichita is just about 50 miles away, giving you easy access to parts, food, and anything else.

Size 160+ Acres

Skill Level Experienced

Trailhead Lenexa, Kan.

Kansas Rocks Recreation Park

Size 160+ Acres

Skill Level Experienced

Trailhead Lenexa, Kan.

Looking for a family-friendly challenge for your UTV? Kansas Rocks Recreation Park is the place you are looking for. This destination is not suitable for ATVs, so a UTV is what you need because the technical and challenging 4WD trails are just that gnarly and too much for a sport quad to handle. Primitive camping is available at the park at the request of the camper, and the nearby city of Fort Scott will be your best bet for supplies to camp. Major cities are a few hours away from this area, which is nice because you get the “out there” feeling when visiting Kansas Rocks.

ATV Trails Kansas

Size 1300 Acres

Skill Level All

Trailhead Syracuse, Kan.

Syracuse Sand Dunes

Size 1300 Acres

Skill Level All

Trailhead Syracuse, Kan.

The Syracuse Sand Dunes provide one of the last open sand dune areas in the middle of the country. With 1,300 open acres of riding and a combination of open dunes and trails, this is an ideal riding area for bringing your family. You can find camping at the park for either your tent or RV, and there are even showers and restrooms at the facility. Nearby Syracuse is a town with plenty of amenities, including a full grocery store and parts service center for off-road vehicles.

Size 310 Acres

Skill Level Experienced

Trailhead Randolph, Kan.

Tuttle Creek Lake Off-Road Vehicle Area

Size 310 Acres

Skill Level Experienced

Trailhead Randolph, Kan.

Nested next to the lake, this 310-acre park is filled with many obstacles, making your off-road experience extremely fun and worth the trip to this park. Tuttle Creek Lake ORV’s rugged terrain is everywhere, making it a challenging time taking on the steep climbs and rocky terrain. The nearby town of Randolph is small with only limited supplies, such as fuel and food. Being that this is a day-use area, plan on coming from sunrise to sunset.

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