About Hays

About Hays

Race Cars at Speedway Opens in new window Hays is a safe, vibrant university community with a population of 21,000. Hays is centrally located on I-70 between Denver & Kansas City & serves as a regional hub for education, health care, professional services, shopping, culture, arts, & recreation for NW Kansas.

  FHSU in Snow Opens in new windowHays is home to Fort Hays State University, a regional comprehensive university with over 15,000 students, known for its innovation & entrepreneurship. The Beach/Schmidt Performing Arts Center on the FHSU campus hosts the Hays Symphony, as well as the Encore Series, which brings in award-winning performances & theatre experiences.

Hays Medical Center, or HaysMed, is a private, not-for-profit, 207-bed hospital that provides the onlBball Opens in new windowy tertiary level services in the region. Home to the DeBakey Heart Institute & the Dreiling/Schmidt Cancer Institute, HaysMed was recently named a Top 20 Rural Hospital & is one of the community’s largest employers.

The Bricks in Downtown Hays offers boutiques, art galleries, breweries, eateries, entertainment, & special events year-round. The Vine Street corridor includes shopping centers, national retail chains, & a wide range of restaurants.

 T-Rex - Sternburg Museum Opens in new windowThe city’s impressive list of recreational amenities includes the Center for Health Improvement, Hays Aquatic Park, Smoky Hill Country Club, Hays Municipal Golf Course, public tennis & pickle ball courts, extensive recreational programs through the Hays Recreation Commission, & more than 20 public parks & playgrounds. The most recent park addition is the Accessible Recreation Complex & sBucking Horse at Rodeo Opens in new windowplash pad, or ARC Park, which provides accessible play for children of all abilities. Hays is a bike-friendly city with more than 20 miles of multi-purpose concrete paths, bike lanes, & on-street segments.

FlyThe Hays Regional Airport provides convenient daily service to Denver & Chicago, two major hubs for United Airlines, on a 50-passenger jet.  

 Visit www.visithays.com for more information. 

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