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WaKeeney is a city in Trego County in the northwestern Kansas. The population was 1,924 as of the 2000 census. The city has two nicknames, "The Queen City of the High Plains," and "The Christmas City of the High Plains." Its located almost exactly halfway between Kansas City and Denver at the intersection of Interstate 70 and Highway 283. The town of WaKeeney is known for its ornate Christmas lighting display, which includes over 6,000 lights and a 35-foot man made tree in the center of town. The tree is ceremonially lit the Saturday night after Thanksgiving and stays lit through New Years. WaKeeney is home to four beautiful city parks, a speedway and a mini-speedway, a new water park and a main street nature trail. The town is also near Cedar Bluff State Park and the Smoky Valley Scenic Byway. The Byway offers picturesque windmills, endless wildflowers, grazing cattle and unique limestone bluffs, as well as historic spots. It passes through the Smoky Hill River Valley in Trego and Ness Counties and is 60 miles long. Cedar Bluff State Park offers a 6,000-acre lake and 9,000 acres of adjacent wildlife area. Activities in the state park include swimming, boating, fishing, water skiing, wind surfing, hiking and biking trails and camping. Nature enthusiasts will enjoy the abundance of different wildlife species in the area.

Surrounding areas: Quinter, Kansas (19.2 mi)

WaKeeney Vacation Rentals

WaKeeney Hotels and Resorts

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Pomeroy Inn Bed And Breakfast224 W MainHill City, KS23.6 mi.(785) 674-2098

WaKeeney Weather & Climate

Western Kansas  is classified as having a semiarid steppe climate. Summers are hot and winters are cold. The western region receives an average of only about 16 inches of rain per year. Chinook winds in the winter warm western Kansas in the wintertime. As a result, Kansas is as sunny as parts of Arizona and California. However, in spite of the frequent sunshine, the state is also vulnerable to strong thunderstorms, especially in the spring. Many of these storms become Supercell thunderstorms, which can spawn tornadoes, often of F3 strength or higher. Kansas has reported more tornadoes (for the period 1 January 1950 through to 31 October 2006) than any state except for Texas. Kansas averages 50 tornadoes annually.

     Month       High Temp   Low Temp   Rainfall   Ocean Temp 
January 39°F 16°F 0.68 in. -
February 45°F 20°F 0.77 in. -
March 54°F 29°F 1.87 in. -
April 65°F 39°F 2.17 in. -
May 75°F 50°F 3.62 in. -
June 86°F 60°F 2.57 in. -
July 92°F 65°F 3.64 in. -
August 90°F 63°F 2.95 in. -
September 81°F 53°F 2.02 in. -
October 69°F 40°F 1.33 in. -
November 52°F 27°F 1.33 in. -
December 42°F 19°F 0.66 in. -

WaKeeney Map & Transportation

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The closest airports in the area are the Hill City Municipal airport (HLC) located about 24 miles north of WaKeeney in Hill City, Kansas, the Hays Regional airport (HYS) located approximately 34 miles southeast of WaKeeney in Hays, Kansas, the Oakley Municipal airport (OEL) located roughly 50 miles west of WaKeeney in Oakley, Kansas, Shalz Field (CBK) located around 68 miles northwest of WaKeeney in Colby, Kansas, and finally the Great Bend Municipal airport (GBD) located about 72 miles southeast of WaKeeney in Great Bend, Kansas.

WaKeeney Attractions

Golf Courses
Ellis Country ClubEllisKS18.4 mi.
Graham County Grass GreensHill CityKS23.2 mi.
State Parks
Webster State ParkKS35.0 mi. 
Rooks County State ParkKS39.6 mi. 
Cottonwood Ranch State Historic SiteStudleyKS27.3 mi.(History)
Sternberg Museum of Natural HistoryHaysKS31.4 mi.(Science)
Fort Hays State Historic SiteHaysKS31.4 mi.(History)
Zoos and Aquariums
Lee Richardson ZooGarden CityKS90.5 mi.

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