P.O. Box 1474 - 400 W. Wyatt Earp Dodge City, KS 67801 www.visitdodgecity.org
GET THE HECK INTO DODGE
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Let us show you around! Dodge City offers you the original fun, excitement, and history of the Old West. While you are here, whether it’s for just a few hours or a few days, use this handy guide to help you find everything from accommodations to attractions, and fine food to entertainment. If you have any questions about what to see or do here in the Cowboy Capital, please check out www.visitdodgecity.org, download our Dodge City, Kansas mobile app, or stop by the Visitor Information Center located at 400 W. Wyatt Earp Blvd. We are here to make your visit to the Old West a memorable one with plenty of attractions that will take you back in time to the years of the “Wickedest Town in the West,” the same town the TV show, “Gunsmoke,” was based on. Live the legend that is Dodge City and “Get the heck INTO Dodge!” WWW.VISITDODGECITY.ORG
The Santa Fe Trail, opened in 1821 by William Becknell, became a great
The Cowboy statue, erected in 1927 in the statuary outside of the Boot Hill Distillery
A portion of the original Front Street
commercial route between Franklin, Missouri, and Santa Fe, New Mexico, until 1880. Thousands of wagons traveled the Mountain Branch of the trail that went west from Dodge City along the north bank of the Arkansas River into Colorado. For those willing to risk the dangers of waterless sandhills, a shorter route called the “Cimarron Cutoff ” crossed the river near Dodge City and went southwest to the Cimarron River. Fort Dodge was established in 1865 on the Santa Fe Trail, midway between two major Indian crossings on the Arkansas River. It was an important outpost on the western frontier; offering protection to wagon trains and serving as a supply base for troops engaged in the Indian Wars. Kiowa, Cheyenne and other Plains tribes inhabited the area and wild game was abundant including vast herds of buffalo. Dodge City was founded in 1872, just five miles west of Fort Dodge on the edge of the military reservation. It quickly became a trade center for travelers and buffalo hunters. The same year, the railroad reached Dodge City, assuring its continued existence and making it a major shipping point. An estimated 850,000 buffalo hides were shipped from Dodge City in the years 1872 to 1874. By 1875, the buffalo were gone as a source of revenue, but the Longhorn cattle of Texas soon took their place. From 1875 to 1886, over 5,000,000 cattle were driven up the Western Trail from Texas to Dodge City. Cowboys from the cattle drives had more than a little influence in establishing Dodge City’s reputation as the wildest town on the western frontier. Such notable lawmen as Bat Masterson and Wyatt Earp became legends in their own time as they fought to bring law and order to the streets of Dodge City. During those first years, the population varied according to the season, swelling during the summer with the influx of cowboys, buyers, gamblers, and prostitutes. Business houses, dance halls, and saloons catered to the Texas trade. The town thrived and its populace of buffalo hunters, railroad workers, soldiers and drifters “settled their differences” in shoot-outs. Lawlessness reigned, creating the need for a burial place, Boot Hill Cemetery. For six years Dodge had no official cemetery. Those who had friends, enough money or sufficient standing in the community were buried in the post cemetery at Fort Dodge. Others, penniless or unknown, were buried where it was convenient to dig a hole. Boot Hill Cemetery, now a part of downtown Dodge City, is the most famous burial ground in all western lore, even though it was only used until 1878. Fort Dodge was closed in 1882 and by 1886, the cattle drives had ended. An illustrious period of history was over but the legend lives on in Dodge City’s historic preservation of its romantic and internationally famous past. — Kansas Heritage Center
Dodge City Regional Airport is located just east of Dodge City offering service to and from Denver and other locations for connections to the rest of the world. Contact the airport at (620) 225-8170 or check our website for additional information. Crott’s Aircraft Service Inc. also offers charter service. Call 1-800-475-3553 or (620) 225-6422 Amtrak’s Southwest Chief also makes a stop in the heart of downtown Dodge City. Call 1-800-USA-RAIL or visit www.amtrak.com Visitors may take the Beeline Express bus to Dodge City and on down the road after their visit ends. Call (316) 201-6700 Getting around the local area is extremely easy thanks to Dodge City Public Transportation with local fixed bus routes and multiple choices for local taxi services. Call (620) 225-8119 or check our website for a list of providers. Uber drivers are also available by downloading the Uber app.
The original Great Western Hotel
DID YOU KNOW?
The Dodge City Cowboy Band played at the inauguration of President Harrison in 1889. They still perform every Tuesday night in June & July at the Wright Park Bandshell.
Renovations were completed for the Historic Santa Fe Depot in 2017
CATCH A GUNFIGHT AT
BOOT HILL MUSEUM
DID YOU KNOW?
The first herd of Texas cattle reached Dodge City in 1875. .
Historic Trolley Tours begin at the Visitor Information Center
The Visitor Information Center at 400 W. Wyatt Earp Blvd., is a great place for Dodge City guests to begin their visit. There are many resources at the Center to help plan trips as well as helpful and friendly staff ready to answer questions. Guests can also buy their tickets for a Historic Trolley Tour there. The tour gives a great overview of Dodge City so visitors do not miss anything during their stay. The hour-long tour includes places where history was made such as Fort Dodge, the Mueller-Schmidt House, cattle
stockyards, and other old west locations. Tours are given daily from Memorial Day Weekend thru Labor Day. Call (620) 225-8186. If the trolley is not available, guests can pick up a Trail of Fame Walking Tour at the Visitor Information Center. The walking tour is marked by more than 30 medallions dedicated to famous Dodge Citians, both historical and fictional. The tour also takes you by several sculptures where guests can revisit the heroes of the past, such as; Dodge City Lawman, Wyatt Earp, a gaming table where Doc Holliday sits, a life sized sculpture of the fictional character, Matt Dillon, played by James Arness in the TV series, Gunsmoke, and El Capitan, the longhorn steer commemorating the Texas cattle drives to Dodge City. Guided tours may be arranged by calling (620) 253-9231. Boot Hill Museum takes guests back in time. In the summer, witness gunfight reenactments, enjoy a variety show at the Long Branch Saloon with a sarsaparilla, after a great country style dinner prepared at the Museum. Open year round, daily. Closed Thanksgiving, Christmas and New Year’s Day. Find admission prices at boothill.org or call the Museum at (620) 227-8188. Sit at the gaming tables just like Doc Holliday, Wyatt Earp and Bat Masterson did. Boot Hill Casino & Resort offers hundreds of slot machines, 18 table games, live poker tables, plus real roulette, real craps, and no ante. Visit BootHillCasino.com or call (620) 682-7777 for more information. Don’t forget to visit the Live Buffalo & Longhorn Exhibit located south of the United Wireless Arena. Speaking of the United Wireless Arena, concerts and events are held here all year round. Check their schedule at unitedwirelessarena.com or call (620) 371-7390 to catch some of the wildest entertainment in the Old West. For more than 3 decades, the Depot Theater Company has been our “Broadway on the Prairie,” offering a state-of-the-art dinner theater, cutting-edge “Side Track” productions, cabarets, a student training division and much more. ‘The Company’ invites you to where the bright lights
Try your luck at the Boot Hill Casino & Resort
A statue of the Gunsmoke character, Matt Dillon, outside of the Visitor Information Center
The Long Branch Lagoon Water Park is the perfect place to cool off after a long ride on the dusty trail
The Longhorn Cattle Drive takes place every summer during Dodge City Days
Dodge City Brewing
meet the rail at their theater located inside the Historic Santa Fe Depot. View the performance schedule and order tickets online at depottheaterco.com or call (620) 225-1001. Adrenaline junkies will get their fill at the Dodge City Raceway Park. DCRP is a 3/8 mile racetrack hosting thousands of racing fans each season and boasts an impressive racing schedule. Featured events include World of Outlaws, Driver Appreciation Night, and Sprint Car Nationals. Racing season runs April through October. Call (620) 225-3477 for more information. Enjoy a relaxing picnic in the shade of a huge tree or spend a time of reflection at Liberty Garden, a memorial to the events of September 11, in Dodge City’s largest park, Wright Park. Located inside the park is the Wright Park Zoo. Admission is free and the zoo is open daily except in inclement weather. A dog park is also located in this park. Dodge City’s numerous parks feature playgrounds, walking trails, basketball courts, tennis courts, sand volleyball, practice fields, disc golf, an arboretum, and shelters. Call (620) 225-8163 for more information. Also located in Wright Park is the Long Branch Lagoon Water Park. The western themed water park opened May 28, 2016. Over 27,000 square feet of fun and exciting family aquatic adventure awaits. Float along Cowboy Creek, relax and feel the waves at Wrangler Rapids wave pool, but that’s not all. Rip down Doc’s Plunge, the Boomerango slide that will take your breath away, don’t forget Fort Splash, the shallow water pool and play area, an Olympic sized lap pool, and the list goes on. Visit lblagoon.com or call (620) 225-8156 for more information. The Kansas Teachers’ Hall of Fame is the first one of its kind in the United States. The gallery pays tribute to this noble profession. Visit a preserved one-room school house from the 1800’s. This facility is also home to the Gunfighters Wax Museum. See life-size wax figures of famous western personalities and get a glimpse of the men and women who made Dodge City famous. Call (620) 225-7311 for more information. Get a glimpse of how early Dodge City residents lived at the Mueller-Schmidt House. The home is a three-story native limestone house constructed in 1881. This ‘Home of Stone’ still has its original
furnishings and a gallery dedicated to the pioneer women of Ford County. Call (800) 653-9378 for more information. Santa Fe Trail Ruts of the original wagon trail used by pioneers from 1821 to 1872 are still visible located 9 miles west of town. The area is listed on the National Register of Historic Sites. Stand out on this undisturbed prairie and imagine the courage of our early settlers.
Other Things to See
There are many other locations of interest while you’re here. Historical storyboards tell the stories of the Mexican Village, a city within a city; the importance of the 100th Meridian Marker separating east from west and an important boundary for the Louisiana Purchase; beautiful Gospel Hill Churches; and don’t forget to marvel at the Stan Herd murals, located downtown along with La Salsa Man, created by the late Hollywood actor and Dodge City native, Dennis Hopper. If you are looking for an opportunity to research local and Kansas history, you will find the Kansas Heritage Center a great help. The Center has extensive resources on the history of Kansas, Dodge City, and the Old West. Call (620) 227-1616 for more information. The local VFW is very proud of their Southwest Kansas Veterans Memorial, the only Veterans’ Memorial containing both armed forces and reservists located at 909 13th Avenue. Located on the east edge of town at the airport entrance is a small herd of longhorn cattle, called Longhorn Park, commemorating Dodge City’s role in the cattle drives. A quick trip five miles east of town will take you to Fort Dodge and the Kansas Veterans’ Cemetery. The Fort served as a supply depot and base of operations against warring Indians from 1865-1882. It is now a Kansas Soldiers’ Home. Just another mile to the east, you’ll find Coronado Cross, standing 38’ tall, marking the spot where Francisco Vasques de Coronado, a Spanish explorer, is said to have crossed the Arkansas River in search of the fabled “Cities of Gold” in 1541. Call (620) 227-2121 for more information.
Kansas Teachers Hall of Fame and Gunfighters Wax Museum
Dodge City Raceway Park
A memorial to September 11th, Liberty Garden is in Wright Park outside of the Hoover Pavilion
Movie Theaters Travel back to yesteryear at Kansas’ oldest operating outdoor cinema. First lit back in 1947, the South Drive-In is an old fashioned solo screen drive-in, with a capacity for up to 300 cars; open seasonally, April thru October on the weekends. Call (620) 225-4301 for more information Village 8 Theater will surround you in luxury as you’ll be blown away by the reclining seats and state-of-the-art projection screens. With eight different shows, there is always something to see. The renovated lobby area hosts the best snacks around at the concession stand and a bar area that serves adult beverages. Call (620) 227-7469 for more information.
Dodge City has a wide variety of dining options. Visitors can enjoy a great steak as Dodge City is the home to some of the best beef in the nation. Guests can also explore the many ethnic restaurants including Mexican, Oriental, Italian, down-home cooking, steak houses, BBQ, and more. Venues range from the best mobile eateries to fine dining. You can even eat in a dining rail car at Central Station Bar and Grill or at the renovated Guymon Petro Bar and Grill, all located downtown close to many attractions. Don’t forget to visit the Boot Hill Distillery on top of Boot Hill and Dodge City’s very own brewery, Dodge City Brewing, located just east of the Distillery.
Enjoy a soil-to-sip experience in the Boot Hill Distillery’s Tasting Room
The Art Scene
No trip is complete without a shopping spree. In addition to familiar retail stores everyone knows, visitors can also find a number of local stores in Downtown Dodge City and inside the Village Square Mall. From western wear and décor, antiques and unique gifts, Dodge City is home of one-of-kind gifts and mementos. For a directory of all shopping and dining venues, download our Dodge City, Kansas mobile app or visit our website at visitdodgecity.org
Carnegie Center for the Arts, listed on the National Register of Historic Sites, is located inside the restored Carnegie Library building. This buiding is of unusual classical architectural design and features a variety of art exhibits. The Second Avenue Art Guild is Dodge City’s newest art gallery and premier artist operated guild. It features original artwork by regional artists working in various mediums. Both of these venues, along with the Depot Theater Company, located in the Historic Santa Fe Depot, and many other downtown businesses invite you to their Final Fridays. The last Friday of the month, participants can experience what Downtown Dodge has to offer with this free event. Check out the Final Friday Facebook page for updates.
Recreation Mariah Hills Golf Course, a public course, has about everything a golfer needs from a bright and spacious clubhouse to a professionally manicured 18-hole, par 71 course. Rolling bluegrass fairways and bent grass greens set against the native beauty of the high plains provide a fun yet challenging experience. Call (620) 225-8182 for more information. The Dodge City Country Club is a demanding 18-hole course that is excellent for all skill levels of golfer. The small greens are fast. The Country Club has a reciprocating guest policy. Call (620) 225-5231 for more information. Visitors can enjoy outdoor activities in one of our 19 parks, including picnic areas, shelters, ball parks, walking/bicycling trails, disc golf, a rose garden and more. If you’re looking for a place to be active during your stay in Dodge City, the Dodge City YMCA has daily fees to let you participate in one of their many activities. You can enjoy the indoor pool, gymnasium, weight and fitness room, or the aerobics facilities. The Y is ready to help you on your way to healthy living. Call (620) 225-8157 for more information.
The Depot Theater Company’s “Beauty and the Beast” musical production
DID YOU KNOW?
A good buffalo hunter could make more than $100.00 a day in the 1800s.
Venues for Events Boot Hill Casino and Resort Conference Center
Dodge City Roundup Rodeo
Western State Bank Expo
United Wireless Arena and Boot Hill Casino and Resort Conference Center are state-of-theart multi-purpose facilities built for the community. They host a variety of events and are located adjacent to the Boot Hill Casino and Resort. The Conference Center features 7,000 square feet of flexible space to accommodate a wide variety of meetings and events. Visit unitedwirelessarena.com or call (620) 371-7390 for more information. The Arena not only hosts concerts and a multitude of entertainment productions, but also a Junior Hockey League. Call (620) 408-6877 for more information. What would the Queen of the Cowtowns be without a quality outdoor arena? Dodge City Roundup Arena is host to rodeo and other related events in a big way. The annual Dodge City Roundup PRCA Rodeo is regularly voted number one by the cowboys themselves and that can’t happen without a great arena. Roundup Arena is home to the Kansas High School Rodeo in April, Little Britches Rodeo in May, Dodge City Days’ PRCA Wrangler Professional Rodeo in August, and the Kansas Professional Rodeo Finals in September, as well as a number of roping and timed events throughout the summer and even an outdoor concert or two. Visit dodgecityroundup.org or call (620) 225-2244 for more information. The Western State Bank Expo Center is home to the 3i Show, a premier Agri-business trade show as well as many other events. It’s a great facility capable of housing trade shows, equestrian events, farm & ranch shows, equipment and product demonstrations, indoor soccer, dog shows and more. With nearly 170,000 indoor square feet of both concrete (90,000 sf.) and dirt floors (76,500 sf.) and over 1,000,000 square feet of outdoor space equipped with electricity for displays this jewel of a facility is regularly busy with events you won’t want to miss. For more information call (620) 338-8284. The Dodge City Civic Center is one of the premier arenas for Southwest Kansas. This arena hosts USD 443 events, as well as concerts and other community functions. The Arena holds 2,700 and
additional floor seating, locker rooms, concessions and additional site amenities. Call (620) 371-1001 for more information. Legends Park is the premier four diamond softball/baseball tournament location in Western Kansas. Each year, Legends is host to multiple events attracting hundreds of teams. If you’re looking for a place to bring your team, Legends Park has a lot to offer. With great sight lines, covered seating, huge dugouts, children’s playground, and more, Legends is a great place to play. Call (620) 225-8155 for more information. St. Mary’s Soccer Complex is a top-notch soccer complex with great fields, expansive parking and multiple amenities all wrapped into an aesthetically appealing site. The complex features; six full-size game pads, three junior-sized fields, parking for more than 500 cars, restrooms and concessions, a playground, and other site amenities. Call (620) 225-8155 for more information. Located in Wright Park, the Hoover Pavilion is perfect for special events, meetings, and weddings. Seating capacity is up to 250 people with an elevated stage, available tables and an on-site kitchen renovated to early Art Deco styling. Call (620) 225-8160 for more information. The Long Branch Lagoon Water Park gives a unique opportunity for corporate mixers and meetings, as well as swim meets. This one-of-a-kind facility will leave your attendees with a lasting memory of their time in Dodge City. The Boot Hill Distillery offers not only a newly renovated meeting room, but an outdoor reception area and a tasting room for smaller groups and distillery enthusiasts. Call (620) 371-6309 for more information.
Infield turf installed in Legends Park in 2018
United Wireless Arena interior set up for a trade show.
DID YOU KNOW?
Bat Masterson was elected Sheriff in January of 1878. Bat’s brother, Ed Masterson was shot and killed later that same year following an incident with two unruly cowboys in front of Peacock’s Saloon, south of the railroad tracks.
Enjoy concerts and many events at the United Wireless Arena.
hunt the wild west
Dodge City, Kansas
Hunting & Fishing Dodge City and Ford County offers outdoor enthusiasts a variety of hunting opportunities including pheasant, quail, deer, turkey and more. Exotic hunts specializing in exotic game from all over the world is also available in Dodge City. With welcoming guides, accommodating lodging hosts and acres of public land, Ford County is a hunter’s haven. Plan an outdoor adventure today and come experience our world-class hunting, beautiful vistas,. and Old West hospitality. For information on season opening dates or other outfitters, please contact the Kansas Department of Wildlife, Parks, and Tourism local office at (620) 227-8609 or go to their website, www.kdwpt.state.ks.us. Horse Thief Reservoir is located 20 miles north of Dodge City. Visitors can enjoy pleasure boating, water skiing, jet skiing, sail boating, windsurfing, kayaking, canoeing and stand up paddle boards. Fishing at this facility offers crappie, large mouth bass, catfish, walleye and bluegill. Visit www.horsethiefres.com or call (620) 357-6240 for more information.
Festivals & Events January
Tournament of Champions SPIAA Tournament Winter Expo
Depot Theater Production Shrine Circus
KSHSAA Tournament Depot Theater Production 3i SHOW
Dodge City Raceway Park Season Begins Depot Theater Production High School Rodeo
Cinco de Mayo Events Little Britches Rodeo Historical Walking and Trolley Tours Boot Hill Museumâ€™s Summer Season Opens
Farmers Market Opens
Boot Hill Museum Events Depot Theater Production Historical Walking & Trolley Tours Main Street Festival
Old Fashioned Fourth of July Events July 4th Boot Hill Museum Events
National Day of the Cowboy Historical Walking & Trolley Tours Ford County Fair Brothers of the Third Wheel National Trike-In Dodge City Days
Dodge City Days PRCA Rodeo Cattle Drive Boot Hill Museum Events Historical Walking & Trolley Tours
Octoberfest Kansas Pro Rodeo Finals
Depot Theater Production Trick or Treat Downtown Ice Skating at United Wireless Arena
November Kansas Cowboy Hall of Fame Induction
Pheasant Season Begins Veterans Day Celebrations Christmas Chili Fest & Parade of Lights
Ice Skating at United Wireless Arena Depot Theater Christmas Production Breakfast with Santa at Boot Hill Museum Christmas Celebrations
*Final Fridays take place on the last Friday of every month.
For complete listing of yearly events: www.visitdodgecity.org
Breakfast Included Fitness Facility Indoor Pool
Bel Air 2000 E. Wyatt Earp Blvd. 620-227-7155
Dodge House Hotel 2408 W. Wyatt Earp Blvd. 620-225-9900
Best Western North Edge Inn 404 W. Frontview 620-371-6441
Hampton Inn & Suites by Hilton 4002 W. Comanche 620-225-0000
Best Western PLUS 506 North 14th 620-225-7378
Holiday Inn Express and Suites 201 4th St. 620-225-1000
Boot Hill Bed & Breakfast 603 W. Spruce St. 620-225-0111
Holiday Motel 2100 W. Wyatt Earp Blvd. 620-227-2169
Comfort Suites 2700 W. Wyatt Earp Blvd. 620-801-4545
La Quinta Inn & Suites 2400 W. Wyatt Earp Blvd. 620-225-7373
Dodge City Inn 2000 W. Wyatt Earp Blvd. 620-371-6441
Motel 6 1610 W. Wyatt Earp Blvd. 620-225-0231
In-Room Internet Meeting Facilities Outdoor Pool
Pets Allowed Restaurant On-Site Wifi
Dump Station Drinking Water Electric & Water
Full Utility Hookup Playground Restrooms
Nendel Inn & Suites 2523 E. Wyatt Earp Blvd. 620-225-3000
TownePlace Suites by Marriott 2800 W Wyatt Earp Blvd. 620-371-7171
Regency Inn 2110 E. Wyatt Earp Blvd. 620-225-2654
Travelodge 1510 W. Wyatt Earp Blvd. 620-227-2125
Rodeway Inn 2200 W. Wyatt Earp Blvd. 620-227-8146
Wyatt Earp Hotel 1612 W. Wyatt Earp Blvd. 620-371-7226
Super 8 1708 W. Wyatt Earp Blvd. 620-225-3924
Stay Suites of America 2320 W. Wyatt Earp Blvd. 620-227-5000
Thunderbird Motel 2300 W. Wyatt Earp Blvd. 620-225-4143
Showers Store Swimming Beach
Blue RV Park 2114 E Wyatt Earp Blvd. 620-255-8916
Fort Dodge RV Resort 701 Park Street 913-220-2652
Gunsmoke Campground 11070 108th Rd 620-227-8247
Watersports Campground 500 Cherry St. 620-225-8044