On our recent trip to Colorado we had been driving for about 12 hours by the time we reached Kanopolis State Park, it is convienent enough to I-70 to make it worth pulling in for the night, plus the thought of leaving the horses on the trailer in a rest area on the side of the road just didn't seem that appealing. We pulled in about 10:30 p.m. picked a spot, unloaded the horses into a pair of pipe pens, normally they'd share but it was very muddy and without anyone else in the park we didn't think it would be a problem, got them water and hay and went to bed. Next morning we loaded back up and on the way out stopped to pay, the fee was $10.50, $5.50 camping fee plus $5 for the utilities, very worth it. I just wish that more Kansas State Parks would upgrade the horse camps to be as nice as this one. Each site has a sturdy hitching post and some are even close to pipe pens. The water/electric is on all year round in the sites but they do shut the water off to the bath house in the middle of October.
Rockin'K Campground (equestrian area) has been upgraded to include the following: 17 Electric sights, 13 Electric/water sights, 10 primitive sights on a level pad, group camping area, group shelter, vault toilet, corrals, camp host, shower building, 300 newly planted trees
The terrian is easy with some water and road crossings. Horse shoes are not needed if your horses are used to being bare foot. This is a good place to condition the horses. I recommend Fall, Winter or Spring rides here as the majority of the trials are in the open and Kansas Summers can be quite hot.
From I 70 Highway turn south onto 135 Highway to the Highway 140 exit (first exit after turing onto 135), turn right onto 140 go approximately 19 miles to highway 141, turn left and go approximately 8 miles, turn right at Venago Korner Mart, stay right at "Y" intersection (Horsethief Road). Follow the road to State Park Office to pay your fees, then follow the signs to the Rockin K Campground. Note: The county road north out of Brookville to the interstate looks and is shorter according to the map, we made the mistake of taking this road on our last trip to this park and were thankful the horses were not in the trailer. The road is rollercoaster like and not level at all, we have a big Sundowner but the trailer suspension can only do so much with a badly graded road. Take my advice, drive the extra miles on 140, its a much nicer road.
Vehicle fee $5.00
Daily Camping fee $5.50 or $10.50 (full utilities)
(check out time is 12:00 except Sundays and Monday Holidays then it's 2:00)
See you on the trails!