Nicodemus National Historic Site


Nicodemus National Historic Site preserves, protects and interprets the only remaining western town established by African Americans during the Reconstruction Period following the Civil War. The town of Nicodemus is symbolic of the pioneer spirit of African-Americans who dared to leave the only region they had been familiar with to seek personal freedom and the opportunity to develop their talents and capabilities. Nicodemus Township Hall serves as the temporary visitor center, and is the only one of the five historic buildings currently accessible to the public. Tours are self guided, though ranger led tours may be made by appointment.


Seasonality / Weather

There are rare occasions where the park may be unexpectedly closed due to severe weather or other reasons. You may want to call ahead to confirm the sit is open the day you plan to visit.



From Hays, take Highway 183 north to Stockton. From Stockton, take Highway 24 west to Nicodemus. Nicodemus is located 19 miles west of Stockton. If coming from Denver, take I-70 east to WaKeeney. From WaKeeney, take Highway 283 north to Hill City. At the traffic light, turn right onto Highway 24. Nicodemus is 13 miles east of Hill City.


Hays Airport is located one hour southeast of Nicodemus. Larger airports in the area are Denver International Airport, which is located 5 hours and 46 minutes west of Nicodemus and Kansas City International Airport is 5 hours and 23 minutes east of Nicodemus.