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Dodge-City is located in Ford County in southwest Kansas and has a population of about 30,000 residents. The town is well known to generations of Americans, due to the long-running radio and television series, Gunsmoke, which was set in Dodge City. Today, the city is home to one of the largest beef processing plants in the USBL, and is sometimes called the "meat packing capital of the United States." The Santa Fe Trail Remains, located nine miles west of Dodge City on U.S. 50, is a two-mile section of the former 1,200-mile long Santa Fe Trail that is the longest continuous stretch of clearly defined Santa Fe Trail rut remains in Kansas. It was declared a National Historic Landmark in 1963. Dodge City was once called "the wickedest little city in the west." The town was widely known for its reputation of lawlessness and gun-slinging, as there was no local law enforcement and the military had no jurisdiction over the town. Fighting and shootings where men died with their boots on led to a need for hasty burials in what became known as Boot Hill Cemetery. The cemetery, which was used until 1878, is now a part of the Dodge City Boot Hill Museum. This western history village offers a chuck-wagon dinner, gunfight re-enactments, a variety show, stagecoach rides through downtown Dodge City, history displays and other entertainment. There is also a casino and resort planned to open in 2009. Other Dodge City attractions include Dodge City Raceway Park, Dodge City Zoo and the Gunfighters Wax Museum. A Farmers Market is held in downtown Dodge City every Saturday morning from the first Saturday in June through the first frost of autumn.

Dodge City Vacation Rentals

Dodge City Hotels and Resorts

Hotels & Motels
Comfort Inn2000 W Wyatt Earp BlvdDodge City, KS (620) 338-8700
Dodge House Hotel And Convention Center2408 W Wyatt Earp BlvdDodge City, KS (620) 225-9900
Econo Lodge Of Dodge CityW Wyatt EarpDodge City, KS (620) 225-0231
Golden Bell Inn Motel2110 E Wyatt EarpDodge City, KS (620) 225-2654
Holiday Inn Express2320 West Wyatt EarpDodge City, KS (620) 227-5000
Super 8 Motel - Dodge City1708 W Wyatt EarpDodge City, KS (620) 225-3924
Travelodge Dodge City1510 W Wyatt EarpDodge City, KS (620) 227-2125

Dodge City Weather & Climate

Southwest Kansas has a humid subtropical climate with hot, humid summers and cold, dry winters. Temperatures range from an average of low of about 20 degrees in January to an average high of nearly 93 degrees in July. The first fall freeze typically occurs between the second week of October and mid-November, and the last spring freeze occurs between the end of March and the final week of April. The area receives over 30 inches of precipitation in an average year, with the most occurring in May and June. Winter snowfall averages almost 17 inches but the median is less than 8 inches per year. The area is vulnerable to severe weather, with frequent thunderstorms in spring and summer. Tornadoes are also a possibility in south-central Kansas.

     Month       High Temp   Low Temp   Rainfall   Ocean Temp 
January 41°F 18°F 0.62 in. -
February 48°F 23°F 0.66 in. -
March 57°F 31°F 1.84 in. -
April 67°F 40°F 2.25 in. -
May 75°F 51°F 3.00 in. -
June 86°F 61°F 3.15 in. -
July 92°F 66°F 3.17 in. -
August 90°F 65°F 2.73 in. -
September 82°F 56°F 1.70 in. -
October 70°F 43°F 1.45 in. -
November 54°F 30°F 1.01 in. -
December 44°F 21°F 0.77 in. -

Dodge City Map & Transportation

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The closest airports in the area are the Dodge City Regional airport (DDC) located about 2 miles east of Dodge City, the Garden City Regional airport (GCK) located approximately 40 miles east of Dodge City in Garden City, Kansas, the Liberal Municipal airport (LBL) located roughly 71 miles southwest of Dodge City in Liberal, Kansas, the Great Bend Municipal airport (GBD) located around 74 miles northeast of Dodge City in Great Bend, Kansas, and finally the Ulysses airport (ULS) located about 75 miles west of Dodge City in Ulysses, Kansas.

Dodge City Attractions

Golf Courses
Mariah HillsDodge CityKS 
State Parks
Ford County State ParkKS6.8 mi. 
Hodgeman County State ParkKS22.2 mi. 
Mueller-Schmidt House (1881) MuseumDodge CityKS(History)
Zoos and Aquariums
Lee Richardson ZooGarden CityKS49.0 mi.
Hutchinson ZooHutchinsonKS115.6 mi.

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