Little Jerusalem Badlands State Park opens in Kansas this month

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Attention, nature lovers! Kansas is getting a new state park that has scenery and wildlife that rivals Badlands National Park.

The Nature Conservancy announced Little Jerusalem Badlands State Park will officially open October 12. The mile-long stretch of 100-foot-tall spires and cliffs lies hidden in a valley between Scott City and Oakley, at the conservancy's Smokey Valley Ranch.

The park, located in Logan County, is the largest Niobrara Chalk formation in Kansas. It's located off Interstate 70 and U.S. Highway 83.

Ancient Niobrara Chalk formations were left from when an inland sea covered Kansas territory and the park offers breathtaking views.

The soft limestone pyramids are also home to wildlife – from bats and ferruginous hawks to snakes, toads and lizards – and plants found nowhere else in the world. The Nature Conservancy partnered with Kansas Wildlife, Parks, and Tourism to design access that protects the fragile rocks and unique ecology at the new attraction.

A grand opening celebration will take place at 10 a.m. Grand opening activities include free guided tours. Advance registration is required.

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