“A hill climbing extravaganza for central Kansas.
— Andy Cramb
This 300-foot high hill in the plains of central Kansas is a great location for hill climbing and some fast downhill sections. This trail is bi-directional and the locals ride it in a figure-8 to go both directions for a great workout!
Spanish explorer Francisco Vasquez Coronado, in search Quiveria and the Seven Cities of Gold, came to the Smoky Valley in July, 1541. Coronado noted the fertile soil of the valley in his journal indicating it would be perfect for growing grapes.
The highest point in the Spanish Buttes located to the north and west of present-day Lindsborg is Coronado Heights. The hill, which rises 300 feet above the valley floor, is owned and maintained by the Smoky Valley Historical Association. The winding road up Coronado Heights takes you to a picnic, hiking, biking, and sightseeing destination which has been enjoyed by local residents and visitors alike for generations.
During the Great Depression, the federal government-sponsored Work Progress Administration (WPA) built eating and cooking areas of native sandstone around the top of Coronado Heights in addition to a castle honoring the Spanish explorer. The castle provides shelter with a large interior room featuring a table and a fireplace. It's topped with an open-air second-floor roof, accessible by stairs, providing a spectacular view of the valley and beyond. At night, the city lights of Salina, approximately 12 miles to the north, and McPherson, around 20 miles to the south can be plainly seen from the top of the castle.
Groups are welcome to use Coronado Heights for meetings, outings, and special events. Contact the Lindsborg CVB office for information on obtaining permission to use the Heights for these occasions. Informal visits and family gatherings are always welcome and do not require prior approval by the SVHA. Coronado Heights is patrolled by both the Saline County Sherriff's Department and the Lindsborg Police Department. The rules and regulations for the use of the Heights can be found in the Coronado Heights Use Policy.