The drive from Denver to Kansas City is 8.5 hours if you can drive it straight with no stops for gas or bathroom breaks which is clearly impossible, especially with two energetic kids. About halfway through the drive we were looking for something to break up the monotony of Interstate 70. Then outside of Oakley, Kansas we saw the signs:
We knew we had to stop so we anxiously pulled over. Here's what we saw when we pulled up.
$28 later and we had admission to this once in a lifetime experience (and two small bags of milk bones that we were instructed to feed to anything – except the 40 rattlesnakes).
Back inside there was a gift shop where you could purchase a wide variety of taxidermy items.
Before leaving I chatted with the owner who told me that he and his wife have been running Prairie Dog Town for 44 years and they are looking to retire so they decided to sell it a few years ago. So far they’ve had no takers. They started at $500K (animals included) and the price is now down to $300K. Act fast if you are interested before he sells it to developers (apparently a few motels and a restaurant are all interested in the land).
We ended up buying one thing at the gift shop, a bumper sticker for the car top carrier. Unfortunately the sticky stuff did not hold and it flew off somewhere on I-70.