Western Kansas

Western Kansas is flat, dry, and very rural - in other words, this is what most people think of when they think of Kansas.



Western Kansas may seem dull, but it contains a great deal of pioneer history and small-town oddities.

When visiting this region, it's important to remember which time zone you are in. Four counties in Western Kansas (Greeley, Hamilton, Wallace, and Sherman) are located in the Mountain Time Zone, while the remainder of the state is the Central Time Zone.


The prevalent Kansas accent is that of the Midlands, Kansas itself is split phonologically between the Northern and Southern Midlands accents (split accordingly into the northern and Southern halves of the state). However, in the extreme Western third of the state it is common to hear a pronounced Western or Mountain West regional accent.

Get in

By car

Interstate 70 runs east-west through the northern half of this region. Via I-70, western Kansas is roughly four hours drive from Denver or five hours from Kansas City.

I-170 runs through Colby, Goodland, Hays, Quinter, and WaKeeney.

By plane

Get around

Driving is the best way to get around in this region. Be sure to get off the interstate and take the back roads; you never know what you may find.



Stay safe

Like the rest of Kansas, this is Tornado Alley. If you plan to visit Western Kansas, it would be a good idea to learn about Tornado safety.

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