Smoky Valley Ranch

Happy Trails

Open year-round, the hiking and horseback trails beckon with views of prairie vistas and chalk bluffs.  Take the one mile loop or the five mile loop at the Nature Conservancy's Smoky Valley Ranch and enjoy the rugged terrain of the short grass prairie.  Come often to catch the seasonal changes of the prairie.


Wear boots and watch where you walk - there are rattlesnakes in the area.  There is no water or restroom facilities available.    

Brochure & hiking trails map are available at the Buffalo Bill Cultural Center

When to Visit

Visitors are welcome to hike the trails year-round from dawn till dusk.  Enter the trails at kiosk located at the ranch entrance off County Road 350.  GPS Coordinates: N 38º 51.641' W 100º 58.960'

       Trail User Guidelines
Stay on the Trail.
Do not leave the trail corridor or take shortcuts.  No bicycles or motorized vehicles.  
No firearms.
No camping or campfires. 
No smoking or alcoholic beverages.

Please do not litter and take nothing but pictures.   Collecting of anything from the ground is not allowed.  

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         About the Ranch  

Owned by The Nature Conservancy, this 17,290-acre prairie supports tremendous plant and wildlife diversity while continuing its long history as a working cattle and bison ranch.


Made up of expansive grasslands and chalk bluffs overlooking the Smoky Hill River, Smoky Valley Ranch is home to prairie-chickens, pronghorn, mule and white-tail deer, ferruginous hawks, burrowing owls, golden eagles and swift fox. On the majority of the ranch, the Conservancy is gradually improving plant community conditions, increasing habitat for wildlife and forage for cattle.

The bluffs at Smoky Valley Ranch