Alcove Spring Waterfall in January. The spring feeds in from the lower
Alcove Spring and Waterfall are located near Independence
Crossing, a famous ford where pioneer wagons following the Oregon Trail
forded the Big Blue River. The spring was named by a member of the Donner
Party in 1846. Alcove Spring Historic Park was also the site of the first
recorded death in the Donner Party - 70 year old Sarah H. Keyes, who died
The spring is productive all year around, but it also
is fed by a small seasonal waterfall from snow runoff.
Travelers on the Oregon Trail carved the name Alcove Springs
on the surrounding rocks and trees. John C. Fremont and his 1842 exploring
expedition camped at Alcove Springs, and Marcus Whitman led a thousand
emigrants to Oregon who stopped at Alcove Springs in 1843. Utah bound Mormons
and California bound gold seekers followed, including the Donner party,
most of whom later froze or starved in the Sierras.
To reach Alcove Spring and waterfall from Blue Rapids,
take US-77 north to Schroyer Road. There is a small sign on the highway
just before the Georgia-Pacific gypsum mine. Follow Schroyer Road 5 miles
north to the park. Schroyer Road is gravel and is rough in wet weather.
The Beach Boys to perform at Alcove Spring Historic
The popular rock band, The Beach Boys, will perform
at Alcove Spring on August 1, 2020. Long time members, Mike Love and Bruce
Johnston will be among the performers, but this concert will not include
Brian Wilson, Al Jardine, or David Marks.
Tickets are $55 for general admission, $75 for mid park
and $95 for the Pit. Plus sales tax. No charge for children three and under.
Park gates will open at 3PM, music at 6PM, and The Beach Boys at 7:30PM.
Parking will be free and is some ways from the natural amphitheater. There
will be trams between the parking and event, as well as a lighted trail.
You may not bring in food or drink. Food and beverage
concessions will be available, including beer. You my bring blankets or
chairs, or rent chairs at the concert.
Tickets are on sale Friday, February 14 at mcactickets.com.
More details will be added as we have them.
The trail to Alcove Spring is less than 1/4 mile and an easy walk.
Other trails wind through the
300 acre park.
Just a trickle of water falls into the pool in mid June, but there
is much more water in May when settlers
following the Oregon Trail would stop at Alcove Spring.
The actual spring.
Pioneer carvings in rocks next to Alcove Spring.
Signs pointing out Oregon Trail wagon ruts in Alcove Spring Historic
1950 DAR marker to memorialize Sarah Handley Keyes. The exact
location of Sarah's grave is unknown.
Kansas historical marker at intersection of K-9 and US-77 near Blue
Donner-Reed Alcove Spring Mural in nearby community of Blue Rapids.
Alcove Spring and Waterfall Map
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