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Elk-Falls is a small town in southeastern Kansas Elk County, located along the Elk River. As of the 2000 census, the population was 112 residents. It is about 35 miles northeast of Independence, Kansas on U.S. Route 160. Elk Falls is known as "the worlds largest living ghost town" and draws thousands of visitors each year for its eccentric attractions. It sits in a beautiful area on a wooded bend in the road not far from the Oklahoma border. Although Elk Falls motto is the worlds largest living ghost town, it also has a saying "We Aint Dead Yet!" It definitely not the typical tourist town and is off the beaten path, which is what draws many to this unique little community. Elk Falls is the type of place to slow down, relax and enjoy a bit of history. Numerous artists and craftspeople call the town home and an attraction known as the Rock Garden, which was built in the 1930s, is currently being restored and will be the home of Elk Falls Pottery, which has been an establishment in the town for three decades. The falls of Elk Falls are located at the east end of Montgomery Street, about three blocks east of the main street in town. The community of Elk Falls is also known for its annual Outhouse Tour, which brings hundreds of tourists through the tiny town each year.

Surrounding areas: Sedan, Kansas (16.6 mi), Flint Hills, Kansas (27.4 mi), Independence, Kansas (28.2 mi), Fall River, Kansas (28.9 mi)

Elk Falls Vacation Rentals

Elk Falls Hotels and Resorts

Hotels & Motels
Knights Inn-Independence KS3222 W Main StIndependence, KS26.2 mi.(620) 331-7300
Microtel Inn & Suites2917 W Main StIndependence, KS26.3 mi.(620) 331-0088
Super 8 Motel2800 W MainIndependence, KS26.4 mi.(620) 331-8288
Super 8 Motel2800 West MainIndependence, KS26.4 mi.(800) 800-8000
Beaumont Hotel11651 Se MainBeaumont, KS27.7 mi.(620) 843-2422
Appletree Inn201 N EighthIndependence, KS28.2 mi.(620) 331-5500

Elk Falls 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. These thunderstorms may produce large hail and tornadoes.

     Month       High Temp   Low Temp   Rainfall   Ocean Temp 
January 41°F 18°F 1.20 in. -
February 48°F 22°F 1.62 in. -
March 58°F 31°F 3.34 in. -
April 68°F 42°F 3.55 in. -
May 76°F 54°F 5.40 in. -
June 85°F 63°F 5.46 in. -
July 91°F 68°F 4.13 in. -
August 90°F 65°F 3.40 in. -
September 82°F 57°F 4.37 in. -
October 71°F 45°F 3.76 in. -
November 56°F 32°F 3.13 in. -
December 44°F 22°F 1.97 in. -

Elk Falls Map & Transportation

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The closest airports in the area are the Bartlesville Municipal airport (BVO) located about 42 miles south of Elk Falls in Bartlesville, Oklahoma, the Beech Factory airport (BEC) located approximately 60 miles northwest of Elk Falls in Wichita, Kansas, the Col James Jabara airport (AAO) located roughly 62 miles northwest of Elk Falls in Wichita, Kansas, the Ponca City Regional airport (PNC) located around 66 miles southwest of Elk Falls in Ponca City, Oklahoma, and finally the Wichita Mid Continent airport (ICT) located about 70 miles northwest of Elk Falls in Wichita, Kansas.

Elk Falls Attractions

Amusement and Theme Parks
Kiddie ParkBartlesvilleOK44.4 mi.
JoylandWichitaKS66.8 mi.
Bell's Amusement ParkTulsaOK84.5 mi.
Golf Courses
Sedan Country ClubSedanKS17.1 mi.
Fredonia Country ClubFredoniaKS21.9 mi.
Caney Golf ClubCaneyKS28.5 mi.
Sycamore Valley Golf CourseIndependenceKS28.7 mi.
State Parks
Fall River State ParkKS20.3 mi. 
Elk City State ParkKS24.4 mi. 
Toronto State ParkKS30.6 mi. 
Montgomery County State ParkKS30.9 mi. 
Woodson County State ParkKS34.9 mi. 
Wilson County State ParkKS36.1 mi. 
Cowley County State ParkKS38.7 mi. 
Martin and Osa Johnson Safari MuseumChanuteKS45.5 mi.(History)
Zoos and Aquariums
Sedgwick County ZooWichitaKS66.8 mi.
Emporia ZooEmporiaKS71.6 mi.
Tulsa Zoo and Living MuseumTulsaOK84.5 mi.
Hutchinson ZooHutchinsonKS106.6 mi.
Topeka Zoological ParkTopekaKS119.4 mi.

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