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Address: SW 112th ave, Pawnee Rock, KS

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interesting stop along Santa Fe trail

I originally expected a larger rock outcropping but once you get to the top and overlook the area, it was impressive. they have interesting signs and old photographs of what it... read more

Reviewed 4 July 2015
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Wilmington, NC
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52 reviews
9 attraction reviews
common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 23 helpful votes
Reviewed 1 week ago

Take your time, stretch your legs, and visit olde Pawnee Rock. Being the only hill with a vantage point in the region, it's easy to see why it holds significant American Indian and Settler significance. It's in a bit of a sad state, clearly the town of Pawnee Rock isn't able to care for this park the way they would... More 

Thank TheLastEagleScout
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59 reviews
45 attraction reviews
common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 40 helpful votes
Reviewed 19 July 2016 via mobile

It is a park with a view of the town where there were great views of buffalo 175 years ago. Nice spot for a picnic or a smoke. Located right off the highway.

Thank Alan W
Salina, Kansas
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364 reviews
69 attraction reviews
common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 30 helpful votes
Reviewed 12 June 2016 via mobile

If you are on your way to Fort Larned, it's a nice side stop to better understand part of the Santa Fe Trail history. The natural rock outcropping (which used to be much taller) was a guide post for pioneer travelers.

Thank Kevin P
Tulsa, Oklahoma
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105 reviews
36 attraction reviews
common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 14 helpful votes
Reviewed 6 April 2016 via mobile

We loved the history at this location. We wouldn't drive hours to get here, but if in the area a must see. Just imagine standing in that same spot years ago and watch the wagon trains and Indians. Wow!

Thank Ginger H
Larned, Kansas
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15 reviews
8 attraction reviews
common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 2 helpful votes
Reviewed 5 January 2016

I grew up around this area and used to love going up to the rock and watching the sun set. Such a beautiful view. I even thought about getting married here. My dad used to tell me stories about the indian's, how they used this area as a look out. You can see for miles on this hill. I always... More 

1 Thank KaraAnn2016
Bremerton, Washington
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63 reviews
45 attraction reviews
common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 47 helpful votes
Reviewed 4 January 2016

The top of this rock was mined before the locals realized its historical significance, but settlers by the score passed by this austere landmark cropping up from the Kansas prairie, carving their names for posterity. One can climb the observation tower, with its height level with the original top of the rock, and step back in time to a day... More 

1 Thank SarahJ100100
Hanover, Pennsylvania
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68 reviews
27 attraction reviews
common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 24 helpful votes
Reviewed 9 October 2015

Interesting to stand on the rock and look out over the land the early settlers crossed as they headed west. When you see cars and trucks zipping along the improved roads, you realize how far we've come in 150 years.

Thank Jim C
New Jersey
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292 reviews
118 attraction reviews
common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 140 helpful votes
Reviewed 4 July 2015

I originally expected a larger rock outcropping but once you get to the top and overlook the area, it was impressive. they have interesting signs and old photographs of what it looked like and information about the Santa Fe trail. well worth a 20 minute stop

Thank katebrymom
Overland Park, Kansas
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431 reviews
18 attraction reviews
common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 97 helpful votes
Reviewed 24 March 2014

This is an interesting diversion if you are traveling down Highway 56. Once a rock pillar that stood high above the plains, now just the base remains after the small town used the rock for the foundations of the homes and businesses below. But there is still plenty to see and learn here as there are monuments and placards to... More 

Thank Harry R
Vancouver, Washington
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114 reviews
83 attraction reviews
common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 51 helpful votes
Reviewed 10 September 2013

Pawnee Rock is located a few miles west of Great Bend, Kansas and a few miles from Larnder, Kansas and Fort Larnder the "outpost" of the Santa Fe Trail. Pawnee Rock was a high point along this part of the Santa Fe Trail and was used by both the Pawnee and the Army as a lookout post. To day it... More 

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