The Arikaree Breaks in Cheyenne County is a mix of rugged landscape of canyons, caves, valleys, creeks and mesas. The breaks are only two to three miles wide but stretch miles from Rawlins County into Cheyenne and into parts of Colorado and Nebraska.They were formed thousands of years ago by windblown silt called loess washed from the face of the Rocky Mountains and onto the plains of western Kansas. Rainfall is less than 20 inches a year in this part of Kansas. It is also often coldest, snowiest corner of the state.
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