BADLANDS STATE PARK IN KANSAS
Pillars of Chalk
You don't see it coming. Tucked unexpectedly within the High Plains prairie of western Kansas, lies Little Jerusalem Badlands State Park. Covering a span of over 330 acres, what sets this location apart are the dramatic Niobrara chalk formations.
Special note: all images within the formations were taken during a naturalist-guided hike. Off-trail hike is prohibited without a guide.
QUESTIONS & ANSWERS
Where is Little Jerusalem Badlands State Park?
Little Jerusalem Badlands State Park is located north of the intersection of County Road 400 and Gold Road in southern Logan County, Kansas. Take Gold Road west, from Kansas Highway 83 (either south from Oakley, or heading North of Scott City). Note, the county roads are dirt and gravel, and after heavy rains or snow may not be accessible.
How Did the Little Jerusalem get its name?
It's long been told that pioneers and travelers from centuries ago christened the site "Little Jerusalem" because from a distance it looks like the ancient walled city of Jerusalem as described in biblical text.
Can you hike through Litte Jerusalem?
There are two marked trails for visitors to take on their own. The first is a shorter (1/4 mile, maintained) trail to the overlook. Perfect for those who are looking for a quick moment to stretch their legs and take in the view. Option two is the "Life on the Rocks" trail. This 1.5-mile rim hike windings its way through native grasses and prairie and includes two overlooks. Along the trail, there is interpretive signage explaining the landscape, ecosystem, history and the natural wonder of Little Jerusalem. The trail begins well maintained, but further along the terrain becomes more rugged.
Hiking on your own within the formations is PROHIBITED. Please respect this. It protects not only yourself but also the fragile formations. This landscape is one-of-a-kind. There are guided hiking opportunities available for free. Guides can be scheduled by calling the office at Historic Lake Scott State Park, 620-872-2061 in advance of your visit. You can also keep an eye out for their special hikes.
Can you camp at Little Jerusalem Badlands State Park?
There is no camping at the state park. Its hours are from dawn to dusk. Historic Lake Scott State Park is a short drive south and offers a number of camping opportunities from primitive, to RV hook-ups and cabins.