200 Horsethief Rd.
Marquette, KS 67464
GPS: N38 38.709' W097 59.244
Park Office – (785) 546-2565
Kanopolis State Park started it all. The first Kansas state park has
drawn visitors to eastern Ellsworth County since 1955. Situated in the
rolling hills, bluffs and woods of the scenic Smoky Hills region of
Kansas, Kanopolis is located 33 miles southwest of Salina.
The park features a full-service marina, beaches, picnic areas, and
trails for horseback riding, mountain biking, and hiking. More than 200
primitive campsites and 119 utility sites are located through the 14
campgrounds in the Langley Point and Horsethief areas. Buffalo Track
Nature Trail is an enthralling 1.5-mile route rich in native plants and
wildlife, as well as Native American history. Kanopolis offers 25 miles
of trails, all of which start in the state park. The Rockin' K trails
take visitors to and from the Rockin' K campgrounds. The Horsethief
trails loop through canyons and trees. Farther north and west, the
Prairie Trails traverse high prairie and Red Rock Canyon. The Alum
Creek trails take visitors across vast prairie and through many water
crossings. Be aware that it can take more than a day to complete some
trails on foot.
Trails within the park are open year-round.
The Prairie Trail and Alum Creek Trail are closed from November 1 thru
February 28. Alum Creek Trail may be closed at times for hunting
seasons. Contact the park office for current status.
Trails or portions of trails may be closed during high water.
Trailhead A—Rockin K Campground – Horses
Trailhead B—Horsethief Canyon Parking – Horses
Trailhead C—Buffalo Tracks Canyon Parking – Mountain Bikes & Hikers
Trailhead D Rockwall Campground - Mountain Bikes and Hikers
Traihead E Split Boulder Trail - Mountain Bikes and Hikers
Please use proper trailheads to alleviate congestion and conflicts.
To help maintain the beauty of the trails and keep them open, please follow these rules:
Park all vehicles in designated parking areas with a vehicle permit properly displayed.
NO MOTORIZED VEHICLES ON THE TRAILS (state vehicles for law enforcement and maintenance excepted.)
Trail access is allowed only from designated trailheads.
Camp only in designated areas and display all permits.
NO CAMPING OR FIRES ALONG THE TRAILS.
Pack it in, pack it out! CARRY OUT ALL TRASH!
Hikers yield right of way to horseback riders.
Mountain bikers yield right of way to horseback riders and hikers.
Mountain bike riders MUST REMAIN ON MARKED TRAILS AND MAINTAINED ROADS (Subject to Prosecution.)
Horseback riders MUST REMAIN ON MARKED TRAILS (Subject to Prosecution.)
Horses are allowed on paved surfaces only where the trail crosses a road and in
Rockin K campground.
BUFFALO TRACKS CANYON NATURE TRAIL IS FOR HIKING ONLY.
For maps, camping and more information visit Kanopolis State Park website