Nearly 45 miles of public roads are accessible within, or adjacent to, Quivira. All but six miles of these roads are sand/gravel. Paved portions include the Sterling Road (NE 140th) and Raymond Road. All other roads are closed to public vehicles, and at the entrance of each such closed road you will see a sign like the one below. Wet conditions can make many of the roads difficult to traverse, due to slippery conditions and ruts. It is always wise to contact the Refuge, or check this website, for current conditions. Click on the "Alert" link on the right side of this page for road information.
The best way to experience Quivira by vehicle is to drive the Auto Tour Route. This portion of public road through the Refuge is about 15 miles from end to end, and includes a 5-mile section called the Wildlife Drive, allowing close-up view of the wetlands of Big Salt Marsh. Along this route, there are numerous places to stop, observe, and learn.