New Gunsmoke Trail connects visitors to famed TV show

By The Active Age | May 1, 2024

Remember that time Festus broke some of Quint’s equipment, and they rode to Wichita to get it fixed only to fall for the same saloon girl who happened to be on the run from a jealous boyfriend?

You might if you were a fan of “Gunsmoke,” the longest-running western in TV history. Although primarily set in and around Dodge City, the show also regularly mentioned other Kansas towns.

Now Visit Wichita, in partnership with convention and visitor bureaus in Abilene, Dodge City and Hays, have launched the Gunsmoke Trail to capitalize on that connection. 

The Gunsmoke Trail is accessible through a mobile “passport” program which allows smart phone users to check in at different stops, earning points for prizes. The passport functions like a mobile app but requires no app download. Visitors can learn more and sign up for the program at or by calling (785) 628-8202. 

Wild West-themed locations that visitors will be directed to include:

Wichita – Old Cowtown Museum, Wichita-Sedgwick Country Historical Museum, Hays – Historic walking Tour on the Bricks in Downtown Hays

Abilene – World’s Largest Belt Buckle

Dodge City – Boot Hill Museum, Santa Fe Depot