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Coronado Heights

By Season Osterfeld | 1ST INF. DIV. POST | October 20, 2017

     Peaking 300 feet above the surrounding valley floor is the hill of Coronado Heights.

     About 75 miles southwest of Fort Riley, Coronado Heights Park is 3 miles outside of Lindsborg off a dirt road. The road takes visitors up a winding path to the top of the hill. Parking is available at the top and at the bottom, for those who choose to walk.

    In the 1930s, Coronado Heights Park was established by the Works Progress Administration. The organization built fire pits, a primitive restroom structure, picnic tables, hiking trails and a small castle.

     The hill is covered in sandstone formations, which have been worn smooth from centuries of weather and visitors walking and climbing upon them.

     Picnic tables are built directly into the hillside and some require a small amount of climbing or careful steps to reach. However, once seated at one, they offer a balcony view of the surrounding valley. On a clear day, visitors can see for miles, reaching the curvature of the Earth off in the horizon.

     The hiking and mountain biking trails on the hillside are narrow and some have spots of loose sand. Good shoes and caution are required to avoid injury.

     Inside the castle is a large room with additional picnic tables and an indoor fireplace. The only light found inside is what trickles in through the small, rectangular windows at the top of the room. A narrow, steep staircase leads up to the rooftop where visitors can reach an even higher vantage point to gaze out on the surrounding landscape.

     The park is free and open every day 8 a.m. to 11 p.m. For more information, visit www.travelks.com.

 

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