Nature Conservancy buys western Kansas rock formations

Visitors will someday be able to walk through a natural wonder in western Kansas that has been privately owned for decades.

The Nature Conservancy of Kansas last week bought a 330-acre tract that holds 250 acres of rising rock formations, some that reach up to 100 feet high.

The formations between Scott City and Oakley are known as Little Jerusalem. The Wichita Eagle reports ( it’s unclear why it got that name.

Jim McGuire, whose family has owned the land for at least five generations, says he wanted it to be opened so the public could wander through the rocks and enjoy a unique place in Kansas.

Nature Conservancy officials say they have no timeline for opening the area to the public. Only foot traffic will be allowed.

Information from: The Wichita (Kan.) Eagle,