Last Stand of the Tallgrass Prairie

Where's the tall grass?

Tallgrass prairie once covered 170 million acres of North America. Within a generation the vast majority was developed and plowed under. Today less than 4% remains, mostly here in the Kansas Flint Hills. The preserve protects a nationally significant remnant of the once vast tallgrass prairie and its cultural resources. Here the tallgrass prairie takes its last stand.


What a beautiful view of the prairie!

Tour Tallgrass Prairie National Preserve

The preserve offers a wide variety of activities and experiences, such as hiking, fishing, education programs, and ranger-led tours. Enjoy the park!

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Prescribed Fire

All Trails are Open

All trails at the preserve are open. Prescribed fire season is over and cattle are now coming to the preserve to graze for 90 days.

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The Preserve's Windmill Quilt Block

The Preserve is on the Flint Hills Quilt Trail

The preserve is a tour stop on the Kansas Flint Hills Quilt Trail. Our quilt block is posted on the mailbox. Come learn about the historic windmill.

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House is Closed for Maintenance

Ranch house remains closed for repairs. A photo flip book located in the visitor center and a cell phone tour at the link below are available.

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The Barn is OPEN

The barn is now open. Floor boards, joists, and damaged pillars have been replaced with historic lumber from the 1880s. Come see the beautiful barn!

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Reminder, Bison Are Wild Animals

Windmill Pasture is home to the bison herd. Do not pet or come in close contact with the bison. Allow at least 100 yards between you and the herd.

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The Hearthland Network counts plant species

Learn About the Preserve's Natural Resources

The Natural Resource Division works with our partners to monitor the natural environment at the Preserve. Follow the link to learn more.

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Smokey Bear print

Smokey Bear Turned 70 at the Preserve

Check out this link to hear the Smokey Bear song and to see photos of Smokey's 70th birthday party at the preserve.

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Eastern National Bookstore at the Preserve

Eastern National has a selection of books covering the tallgrass prairie, cowboys, children's books, and other items to make your visit memorable.

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