The colorful history of Dodge City began with the opening of the Santa Fe Trail in 1821. Today, Dodge City celebrates its western heritage every year during Dodge City Days, a two-week extravaganza that features one of the largest rodeos in the nation, arts and crafts, fairs, parades, street dances, BBQ contests and much more. The city also features a repertory dinner theater, arts center and several museums.
Dodge City is proud to have one of the finest public school systems in Kansas. Dodge City Community College prepares over 2,400 students in a wide range of academic fields, ranging from accounting to pre-veterinary medicine. Ft. Hays State University and Kansas State University offer bachelor's degree completion programs through the EduKan Distance learning program. Master's degree completion and adult continuing-education programs are also available. Newman University (based in Wichita, Kansas) offers bachelor's degree completion programs in education, business and other specialties.
Whether you enjoy golf, tennis, hunting, fishing, bowling, camping, dancing or auto racing, the recreational opportunities in and around Dodge City are virtually unlimited. Dodge City Raceway Park, features a full calendar of auto racing as well as a 3,500-seat main grandstand. Completed in the summer of 2000 at a cost of $3.2 million, Legends Park is a state-of-the-art baseball facility, one of Kansas' premier four-field multi-use complexes.
The city also boasts a first-class soccer complex. Dodge City also has a challenging 18-hole private golf course and country club, and an 18-hole municipal course and driving range. The famous ski resorts of Colorado are within easy driving distance, and hunters from around the country journey to southwest Kansas to enjoy excellent upland game bird and deer hunting.