Kansas Rocks: Local Fun For 4-Wheel Drive Enthusiasts

The board of directors of Kansas Rocks Recreation Park. Submitted photo.

Kansas Rocks Recreation Park, located at 2051 130th Road, Mapleton, offers a 380 acre off-road park open to 4-wheel-drives, side-by-sides, mountain bikes and hikers.

Kanrocks Recreation Association Inc. is made up of 30 volunteer members and is a 501 (c)(3) not for profit business.

The founder and president is David Killion.

David Killion stands in front of the rock sign at Kansas Rocks. Submitted photo.

For those just starting in four-wheel drive adventures, the organization offers classes.

“We offer Off-Roading 101 classes and the next class is July 23 followed by a fall class on Sept 17,” Killion said.

The park is busy throughout the year with events.

“We also have our largest regular Frostbite event the last Saturday in February,” he said. “Our Creep-Crawl Halloween event is the third weekend in October that offers a ton of things for the kids and adults, ending the night in a haunted trail ride. We also have events sponsored and put on by clubs like the Sunflower Run in June. There is also an Adopt-A-Trail program where clubs come in and help do trail maintenance for a half day, twice a year, in exchange for a free half day of wheeling.”

Submitted photo.

“We are open Friday afternoons, Saturdays and Sundays,” Killion said. “The cost is $25 per vehicle and driver and $5 per passenger over 12.”

“We have RV parking and tent camping, picnic shelters, a pavilion, shower house restrooms and a kids playground,” he said.

“We have separate costs for camping and RV and offer 2 and 3-day discounts,” he said.

Camping reservations can be made at the website: ksrockspark.com. The park also has a Facebook page.

 

History of the park

“I started the first 4-wheel-drive club in the Kansas City area in the 1990’s and soon found out the closest, legal places to go off roading was about three hours away,” Killion said.

“I wanted to develop something closer and began searching for land, quarries, talking with farmers etc. In my search, I found a grant administered by the Kansas Department of Wildlife, Parks and Tourism that helped entities develop trail systems.”

“After applying for the grant, we looked at 150 pieces of land within 90 miles of the KC area. We found this great property and started building a premier off-road park. We are celebrating 19 years this year and will have a big event next year to celebrate 20 years.”

 

 

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