Buttes of red clay loaded with gypsum, rocky spires, grassy meadows and canyons make up the landscape along the nearly 42-mile Gypsum Hills Scenic Byway, along US-160 from Medicine Lodge west to Coldwater. An ancient sea carved these mesas and ravines 65 million years ago in what is now cattle-ranching country.
Length of route: About 42 miles
Bicycle friendliness of route: Very good. Although US-160 has no paved shoulders, traffic is very light at less than 1000 vehicles per day.
Communities Along the Gypsum Hills Scenic Byway
See also: Kansas Byways Bicycle Guide