At the crossroads of the historic Santa Fe Trail and the Flint Hills Scenic Byway, Council Grove is a beautiful 35-minute drive south of Manhattan on K-177. Visit bucolic downtown, relive trail days at 24 historic sites, dine and bunk at famous 1800s establishments, or drop anchor at one of two lakes.
Council Grove was a winner of the 8 Wonders of Kansas History contest, with a Santa Fe Trail National Historic Landmark town and site of 1825 treaty intersecting cultures between Kaw Native Americans and Euro-Americans.
Council Grove is home to historically significant "Voices of the Wind People." The biennial pageant in the Old Riverbed Amphitheater near Neosho Riverwalk tells the story of the Kanza Native American tribe that resided in the region, and the tribe's relationship with early settlers in Council Grove. The action unfolds in live-action scenes set within Kanza tepee village and early-day Council Grove set.