Prairie Earth Tours was honored to receive The Huck Boyd Leader of the Year award for rural tourism presented by The Huck Boyd National Institute for Rural Development at Kansas State University.
Casey Cagle, owner of Prairie Earth Tours said it was an honor to be listed with other Kansans doing great things in the field of tourism. He said Kansas tourism, especially bringing tourists to the Flint Hills, is a passion for him because as people see the Flint Hills themselves, they learn and develop a desire to protect the area.
“I think the Flint Hills are like the uneaten part of the apple when it comes to Kansas,” Cagle said. “There are a lot of places where you can see the remnants of what was. The more people can get to fall in love with the Flint Hills means there are more people to help conserve this endangered ecosystem.”
Cagle said it is important to encourage tourism to boost the local economy and to engage people to protect the Flint Hills when needed.
Prairie Earth Tours offers a variety of tours through the Flint Hills. Every Friday evening he provides two-hour sunset tours which begin at Grand Central Hotel in Cottonwood Falls. He also offers three-hour tours leaving from Flying W Ranch each Saturday.
“Flying W Ranch is a great place to begin the tours,” Cagle said. “They have so many options — horseback riding, lodging and more. People can stay there and then take a tour with me or go horseback riding or do both.”
Prairie Earth Tours will also be offering history tours in Emporia, four medicinal and edible plant tours and tours with Jim Hoy. He is also hoping to create some Council Grove History Tours.
Cagle encourages people to follow Prairie Earth Tours on Facebook and sign up for his email newsletter to learn more about upcoming tours.