Four-season beauty and recreation. All-season satisfaction.
Early summer sunrise on the Konza Prairie, the emerald ocean of grass glinting gold from the sky and stretching before you all the way to the horizon: A truly spectacular panorama. The Kaw and the Kansa tribes hunted buffalo here and awestruck pioneers felt as if they were “floating on a sea of grass.”
Go ahead. Breathe in the majestic atmosphere—even as you breathe in air with quality measurably more pure than much of the U.S. according to EPA ratings. That’s the true beauty of the terrific climate advantages of Junction City/Geary County: Our inviting four-season weather is offered up in a setting of sweeping scenic splendor and wide-ranging variety in a meticulously nurtured recreational paradise.
At one time, tall grass prairies stretched over 170 million acres of America. Millions of buffalo grazed on its bounty and summer lightening ignited fires that cleared old growth. Today, only 4% of America’s grassland prairie is all that remains, and here in the Flint Hills this genuine national treasure is carefully tended. The Konza Prairie, jointly managed by Kansas State University and the Nature Conservancy, undergoes a controlled burn for several days each spring. The dramatic sight of flames flicking the sky is visible for miles. Once cleared of undergrowth, the prairie blooms in verdant summer growth.
The call of the wild—with temperatures to enjoy: As the wildflowers burst forth in the prairie grass, the summer weather welcomes with an average July temperature of 80 degrees. Perfect weather for hiking through the Konza Prairie, putting your kayak into the headwaters of the Kansas River—or hunting, fishing, and boating on Milford Lake, surrounded by largest publicly preserved land in the state. It’s also ideal for city park strolls, backyard barbecues, and don’t forget our crowd-pleasing Sundown Celebration, the largest free Independence Day celebration in Kansas.
The fun extends into fall with brilliant foliage and an average October temperature of a pleasant 59 degrees. While other mid-western winters are brutal, our average January temperature of 27 degrees, with an average annual snowfall of only 20 inches, allows the grasses on the Konza Prairie, now golden, to stand tall through the winter.
Blue-sky spring brings birders and more. Nearly 325 different species of birds live here in Geary County. Birders flock here in the spring, and so do the crowds for the Biennial Kansas Birding Festival, enjoying April’s jacket-comfy average temp of 55 degrees.
Summer, Fall, Winter, and Spring—Junction City/Geary County means four-season beauty, all-season satisfaction.