Walking the streets of Dodge City, groups can experience rich cowboy history and easily imagine the Old West. Located in southwest Kansas, just 2½ hours west of Wichita, visitors step back in time to a more laid-back lifestyle.
Dodge City Days is a nationally recognized, 10-day festival with more than 50 individual events, from a barbeque to a parade and car show. The event’s 58th anniversary will take place July 26 through Aug. 5, 2018.
Whether visiting during the festival or any time of the year, Dodge City Convention & Visitors Bureau suggests the following stops packed with Western heritage and modern excitement.
Boot Hill Museum
The arrival of the U.S. Army prompted the building of Fort Dodge, and the rough and rowdy cattle town of Dodge City soon followed. The exciting history is told at Boot Hill Museum, located on the original site of Boot Hill Cemetery. The museum highlights the city’s glory days with displays, activities and entertainment reflective of the area’s heritage.
Boot Hill Distillery
Dodge City’s legacy continues atop “Booze Hill” with western Kansas’ first-ever local handcrafted spirits and beer. Tour Boot Hill Distillery (the former Dodge City Municipal building) to experience western Kansas’ only soil-to-sip distillery. Enjoy a tasting and learn how the site brings new meaning to sustainability and transparency in craft distilling.
Dodge City Historic Trolley Tour
Hop on a Dodge City Historic Trolley Tour for a trip to the 1870s, offered Memorial Day weekend through Labor Day. Visit the locations of the Longbranch Saloon, Gospel Hill and Front Street. Tour Fort Dodge and follow the path of the Santa Fe Trail. Plot the rest of the Dodge City visit by adding locations pointed out on the tour.
Depot Theater Company
Depot Theater Company has been entertaining locals and visitors as Southwest Kansas’ cutting-edge live theater since 1984. The company produces eight main-stage productions every season. “West Side Story” is currently running — one of the most memorable musicals and greatest love stories of all time. The theater is located in the historic Santa Fe Train Depot.
Dodge City Convention & Visitors Bureau