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Flint-Hills is a series of hills in eastern Kansas, stretching into north-central Oklahoma, extending from Marshall County in the north to Cowley County, Kansas and Osage County, Oklahoma in the south. Oklahomans generally refer to the same geologic area as the Osage hills. The World Wide Fund for Nature has designated the Flint Hills as an eco-region, distinct from other grasslands of the Great Plains. They were named by explorer Zebulon Pike in 1806 for the cobbles of flint-like chert that glinted throughout the tall prairie grasses. The Flint Hills were created approximately 250 million years ago during the Permian Period, when much of the Midwest was covered with shallow seas. As a result, much of the Flint Hills are composed of limestone and shale with plentiful fossils of prehistoric sea creatures. The area is sparsely populated and contain most of the remaining tallgrass prairie in the world. There are three official tallgrass prairie preserves in the Flint Hills, the largest of which, the Tallgrass Prairie Preserve, near Pawhuska, Oklahoma, also boasts one of the largest populations of bison in Oklahoma. The other preserves, both located in Kansas, are the Tallgrass Prairie National Preserve and the Konza Prairie. In April 2007, National Geographic featured the Flint Hills of Kansas through the lens of photojournalist and Kansas native, Jim Richardson. The Flint Hills Scenic Byway stretches 47.2 miles across the Flint Hills of Kansas on K-177 between Council Grove and Cassoday in east central Kansas. It is a beautiful drive year-round showing off the panoramic vistas of the tallgrass prairie.

Surrounding areas: Arkansas City, Kansas (25.0 mi), Elk Falls, Kansas (27.4 mi), Sedan, Kansas (29.1 mi), El Dorado, Kansas (38.3 mi)

Flint Hills Vacation Rentals

Flint Hills Hotels and Resorts

Hotels & Motels
Comfort Inn Winfield77 N At Quail RdgWinfield, KS17.9 mi.(620) 221-7529
Econo Lodge1710 Main StWinfield, KS18.1 mi.(620) 221-9050
Super 8 Motel3803 S Pike RdWinfield, KS18.4 mi.(620) 229-8888
Regency Court Inn3232 N SMTArkansas City, KS25.2 mi.(620) 442-7700
Super 83220 N SmtArkansas City, KS25.2 mi.(620) 442-8880
Beaumont Hotel11651 Se MainBeaumont, KS27.1 mi.(620) 843-2422

Flint Hills Weather & Climate

The Flint Hills region of eastern Kansas has a climate of extremes. It ranges from extreme heat and drought in late July through early September, to bitter cold winters locked in ice and frigid winds from late December to early February. Summer highs range from 80-110 degrees F., while winter lows reach minus 21 degrees F. Average precipitation for the region is approximately 33 inches. The amount of rainfall varies greatly from year to year and occasional droughts are experienced in the Flint Hills. Large portions of the precipitation come from thunderstorms in late spring and cold drizzle in early fall.

     Month       High Temp   Low Temp   Rainfall   Ocean Temp 
January 41°F 19°F 0.74 in. -
February 49°F 24°F 1.26 in. -
March 58°F 33°F 2.79 in. -
April 68°F 42°F 2.93 in. -
May 77°F 53°F 4.98 in. -
June 86°F 62°F 4.81 in. -
July 92°F 68°F 3.36 in. -
August 91°F 66°F 3.27 in. -
September 83°F 57°F 3.58 in. -
October 71°F 45°F 2.95 in. -
November 56°F 33°F 2.74 in. -
December 45°F 23°F 1.53 in. -

Flint Hills Map & Transportation

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The closest airports in the area are the Beech Factory airport (BEC) located about 41 miles northwest of Flint Hills in Wichita, Kansas, the Ponca City Regional airport (PNC) located approximately 44 miles southwest of Flint Hills in Ponca City, Oklahoma, the Wichita Mid Continent airport (ICT) located roughly 48 miles northwest of Flint Hills in Wichita, Kansas, and finally the Newton City County airport (EWK) located around 62 miles northwest of Flint Hills in Newton, Kansas.

Flint Hills Attractions

Amusement and Theme Parks
JoylandWichitaKS46.0 mi.
Kiddie ParkBartlesvilleOK53.3 mi.
Bell's Amusement ParkTulsaOK86.7 mi.
Golf Courses
Quail Ridge Golf CourseWinfieldKS17.7 mi.
Spring Hill Municipal Golf CourseArkansas CityKS24.9 mi.
Sedan Country ClubSedanKS29.5 mi.
State Parks
Cowley County State ParkKS15.0 mi. 
Butler County State ParkKS35.4 mi. 
El Dorado State ParkKS39.6 mi. 
Old Cowtown MuseumWichitaKS46.0 mi.(History)
Great Plains Nature CenterWichitaKS46.0 mi.(Science)
Zoos and Aquariums
Sedgwick County ZooWichitaKS46.0 mi.
Emporia ZooEmporiaKS82.0 mi.
Tulsa Zoo and Living MuseumTulsaOK86.7 mi.
Hutchinson ZooHutchinsonKS87.1 mi.

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