Our Community

Located within 1 hour of Wichita. Arkansas City, or “Ark City,” is a beautiful community rich in history, located on the Kansas/ Oklahoma border and is known as the gateway to the Cherokee Strip Land Run. An agricultural and business center, this progressive community has approximately 13,000 residents.

Ark City has grown into an industrious community offering many cultural, recreational and educational opportunities. Cowley County Community College has a diverse enrollment and offers a large variety of courses and a beautiful campus.

There are many distinct cultures that are reflected in our world class festivals, history, nature, and arts. Throughout the county are many breathtaking sites of natural beauty. Stone bridges are bountiful along the many creeks and streams. If it’s quaint and charm that you like, look no further than our small communities with their unique personalities.

Opportunities for recreational activities are plentiful in this community. In addition to the seventeen parks, Arkansas City has a large community swimming pool, twelve public tennis courts, and two golf courses. The Recreation Center provides activities and facilities for all ages. The Cowley County State Lake and the Kaw Lake Recreation Area provide good hunting and fishing. Chaplin Nature Center provides an excellent opportunity for hiking, with over five miles of trails through diverse habitats.

Educational opportunities are exceptional, with award winning elementary schools, excellent higher education offering cuting-edge programs. Customized programs have helped our industries grow and retain quality employees.

Our rich heritage, culture and location are only a few reasons to check us out. In spite of the myth that Kansas is flat, you will find an abundance of rolling hills, wildlife and pristine rivers. Our location is attractive to the many who have chosen to call Cowley County home. If you prefer to live in a more rural setting with the amenities of metro areas, then Cowley County is the place for you.

As you browse through the websites below, we hope you will choose to come not only for a visit, but to stay awhile.

Additional Links
Cowley County Health Department Website
Arkansas City Website
Arkansas City Chamber of Commerce
Cowley Works / Cowley First

Local Media
Arkansas City Traveler
KACY 102.5 FM
KSOK 95.9 FM & 1280 AM

Arkansas City Public Library
Arkansas City Public Schools
Cowley College
Southwestern College

Entertainment and Area Attractions
Arkalalah – Annual Fall Festival
Cherokee Strip Land Rush Museum
Kansas Museums
Last Run Car Show
Performing Arts at Cowley College
Prairie Fest – Arts Festival

Arkansas City Recreation Commission
Mountain Biking
Chaplin Nature Center
Cowley State Lake
Kaw Wildlife Area
Kaw Lake
Winfield City Lake

Arkansas City Profile
Arkansas City Data