Horse Thief Trail

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Horse Thief Trail is a 2.1 mile lightly trafficked loop trail located near Marquette, Kansas that features a lake and is good for all skill levels. The trail offers a number of activity options and is accessible year-round. Dogs are also able to use this trail but must be kept on leash.

2.1 miles 272 feet Loop

dogs on leash

kid friendly




mountain biking

nature trips

horseback riding






wild flowers


over grown

A true gem for Kansas, in fact the mid west. Start on Buffalo Trail to Horse Thief Trail and take the blue short cut back to trail head. You get a little of everything out of the hike from bouldering to prairie lands and wooded areas this is the SPOT in Kansas.

1 day ago

easy but not boring

3 months ago

4 months ago

We hiked this trail a couple of years ago and found it to be quit pleasant. No problems for my husband who has alot of back pain, trekking poles come in handy for crossing the couple of small creeks you encounter. You can easily get up to some caves and there is a brochure that tells about where the Buffalo would come down into the canyon & how the canyon was used to hide horses.

7 months ago

Beautiful trail in the heart of KS

8 months ago

9 months ago

9 months ago

Lots of fun once we found it. Pretty sure it's impossible to walk the trail that is on this map, but had a blast on this trail. By far my favorite trail in KS so far. Can't wait to get back out here again.

11 months ago

great trail over prairie and through dakota sandstone bluffs

1 year ago

1 year ago

1 year ago

Awesome trail, a lot of scenery, white tail deer, caves, prairie,rock formations,only five $ for a day pass, can't wait to go again.......

cross country skiing
1 year ago


1 year ago

This is a wonderful trail. You get these amazing expansive views of the prairie coupled with great wooded areas in Kansas "valleys" that provided a great break from the sun and change of pace. This all goes without mentioning the red rocks and sand stones at the beginning of the trail. Get out and do this one! Word of caution, there are a couple of water crossings at the bottom of ravines that can be pretty deep depending on the rain. Last crossing I did it was up to my hip. There are some beaver dams that may allow hikers to stay dry and cross. Happy Hiking!.