Cimarron Recreation Area

Area Status: Open

The Cimarron Recreation Area includes the Cimarron Campground, Cimarron Picnic Area, Cimarron Group Site and Cimarron Ponds. It also provides access to the Turkey Trail. See individual listings for specific information about these sites.

At a Glance

Fees: No entry fee for the recreation area. Campground is $7 per night. The group site is $38 and requires a reservation. Kansas state fishing license required at the fishing ponds.
Permit Info: Commercial outfitter and guides required to have a special use permit.
Open Season: Open Year Round
Restrictions: Be aware of any fire restrictions. No swimming in ponds.
Closest Towns: Elkhart, Rolla, Hugoton, Kansas
Water: available
Restroom: Vault
Operated By: USDA Forest Service
Information Center: Cimarron Ranger District office, 620-697-4621, 242 East Highway 56, Elkhart, Kansas 67950.

General Information


From Elkhart, Kansas, take Highway 27 north approximately 7 miles. Turn east onto FSR 700.2 and continue for 4 miles. Recreation Area is located on the north side of the road.

Recreation Map

Map showing recreational areas. Map Information


RV Camping

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Group Camping

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Lake and Pond Fishing

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Horse Camping

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Recreation areas with activity Picnicking:

Group Picnicking

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Related Information

Recreation Areas

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