Little Jerusalem Badlands State Park

County Road 400 & Gold Road
Scott City, Kansas 67871
(620) 872-2061

Open sunrise to sunset
Admission by $5 daily vehicle permit
or Kansas State Parks Passport

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Little Jerusalem Badlands State Park Map

Little Jerusalem Badlands State Park - Scott City, Kansas
Little Jerusalem Badlands State Park
Little Jerusalem Badlands State Park - Scott City, Kansas

The highly anticipated Little Jerusalem Badlands State Park opened on October 12, 2019. It is a mile long jumble of 70 feet tall sedimentary formations of Niobrara Chalk which were created by the erosion of the sea bed which formed during the Cretaceous Period, 80 million years ago.

Kansas' newest state park is located midway between Oakley and Scott City, Kansas, just a few miles west of Monument Rocks. Owned by the Nature Conservancy, Little Jerusalem Badlands is the first Kansas State Park which is privately owned. The new park is managed from Lake Scott State Park, which is about 6 miles south.

Admission to the park is by Kansas State Parks Passport or a daily vehicle permit. The daily permit is $5 ($3.50 for age 65 or older) and it can be paid using envelopes and a drop box near the entrance.

The far corner of the parking lot gives a distant view of the badlands. There are trails which lead to spots which look down on the badlands. The lookout in the photo below is at the end of a hard packed 1/4 mile trail. There are two other lookouts, one is accessible by a 2/3 mile packed trail, and the other is accessible by an unimproved trail leading another 1/2 mile from that one. Access will probably be expanded in the future.

Visitors are not permitted to leave the trails, except on guided tours. The guided tours can be scheduled by calling (620) 872-2061. Free tours are available year around on weekdays, with some weekend tours in May - September. This park is brand new, so that may change. The tours take 1.5 - 2 hours and do not follow a set route, to minimize impact to the environment. Participants should wear long pants & closed toe shoes, and carry water. You will be going through grass & brush, climbing over rocks, up and down steep slopes.

The photos below are from a tour on October 19, 2019. Be advised, the restrooms at the park were not open, due to low water pressure. The closest rest rooms are at Lake Scott Park.

Little Jerusalem Badlands State Park scenic lookout
The view from Overlook Trail

Life on the Rocks Trail - Little Jerusalem Badlands
Life on the Rocks Trail can be seen on the left

Little Jerusalem Badlands State Park walking tour
A tour leaving the trail to enter the badlands


Little Jerusalem Naturalist Sara Kay Carrell pointing out the rare kinds of vegetation found in the badlands


 

at Little Jerusalem Badlands State Park
Great Plains wild buckwheat

Little Jerusalem Badlands State Park
St. John's-wort

Prickly pear at Little Jerusalem Badlands State Park
Prickly pear

Giant Clam Shell Fossi
Giant Clam Shell Fossil

Cliff swallow nests at Little Jerusalem Badlands State Park
Cliff swallow nests


Little Jerusalem Badlands State Park Map - Scott City, Kansas
Little Jerusalem Badlands State Park Map

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