Hiking at Quivira

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Get out and explore Quivira along one of its several walking trails.

 Hiking at Quivira National Wildlife Refuge

Quivira is a great place to explore!  There are two main ways to get to know Quivira on foot:

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Off Trail:

All of the refuge is open to foot travel (with the exception of a few areas closed seasonally due to nesting birds).  Be sure to park in designated parking areas (there are over 30 parking areas around Quivira for hikers to use), don't block any gates, and don't leave valuables in your vehicle.  Be aware that, during wet periods, access to many areas may be limited due to the abundance of scattered wetlands.  Also use caution in areas of uneven terrain.  There is one species of poisonous snake, the Massassauga, usually not over a foot in length.

Designated Hiking Trails:

Hiking trails are maintained in two main areas of Quivira:  the Headquarters area, and Migrant's Mile.


Headquarters Area

Two trails leave from the parking lot of the Visitor Center/Headquarters building.  Both are hard-surfaced and accessible.

1.  Butterfly Blossoms Pathway  This 1/10-mile trail courses through restored native prairie.  Over 50 species of plants have been recorded along this trail.

2.  Bird-house Boulevard  A shady, quiet shelter-belt consisting primarily of Eastern Redcedar is the highlight of this 1/10-mile trail.

From the Bird-house Boulevard Trail, a short connector leads to three more trails west of the Visitor Center area.

1.  Headquarters Trail  This .17-mile trail leads through restored prairie, from the south-entrance information kiosk, and ends at the Kid's Fishing Pond.

2.  Little Salt Marsh Trail  A nearly half-mile (.45-mile) segment leads north through restored Sand Prairie, alongside small wetlands, and ends near the old Observation Tower area.

3.  Photo Blind Trail  At the end (west) of this .18-mile trail is a small photo blind overlooking the south end of Little Salt Marsh.  A right turn on this trail leads to a parking lot near the old Observation Tower (now closed).

For a map of these trails, click on the link below:


Visitor Center area trails



Do you want to find out more about hiking in National Wildlife Refuges?

The U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service has a helpful, interactive site where you can browse the trails of all National Wildlife Refuges across the United States.  Click on the link below:

Refuge Roads and Trails Program