• The setting sun over the Flint Hills casts shadows across the wide expanse of tallgrass prairie.

    Tallgrass Prairie

    National Preserve Kansas

Cell Phone Tours

cell phone tour

Cell phone tour of ranch headquarters, school house, and prairie overlook

Self-guiding Historic Ranch Headquarters
Cell Phone Tour

Click on the links below to visit via the internet or you may call (620) 805-3185 and punch in the tour stops to learn about the history of the 1881 Spring Hill Farm and Stock Ranch, the prairie, and the one-room schoolhouse.

1. Historic Buildings and Prairie Overlook

Welcome Greeting
Stop 1: Three-level limestone barn
Stop 2: Stone corrals and fences
Stop 3: Outbuildings
Stop 4: Scratch shed
Stop 5: Chicken house
Stop 6: Carriage house
Stop 7: Ranch house
Stop 8: Curing house
Stop 9: Outhouse
Stop 10:Icehouse
Stop 11: Prairie overlook
Stop 12: Lower Fox Creek Schoolhouse

2. Scenic Flint Hills Driving Tour
This 37 mile driving tour follows a portion of the Flint Hills National Scenic Byway K-177 from Strong City, Kansas as far south as Matfield Green. The tour loops through the Flint Hills with the tour ending at Bazaar, Kansas. This tour is a great alternative if you've missed one of our scheduled prairie bus tours. Welcome to the beautiful Flint Hills.

Download Map for Flint Hills Driving Tour (321KB)
Stop 100: Tallgrass Prairie National Preserve establishment
Stop 101: Naming the Flint Hills
Stop 102: Scenery, Flint, and Patchburn Grazing
Stop 103: Last Remaining Tallgrass Prairie and the Prairie Chicken
Stop 104: "Legs" of the Tallgrass
Stop 105: Flint Hills Plant Growth
Stop 106: Surviving Adversity through Diversity
Stop 107: Flint Hills Erosion
Stop 108: Stone Fences and Quarries
Stop 109: Flint Hills Geology and Settlement
Stop 110: Kansa Relocation
Stop 513: Establishment of the Preserve

3. Spring Hill Ranch House Interior Tour
Stop 201: Welcome
Stop 202: Introducing the Jones Family
Stop 203: Formal Entry, Parlor, and Interiors
Stop 204: Walnut Staircase and Original Wood Flooring
Stop 205: Former Kitchen Areas
Stop 206: Jones' Office, Bedroom, and Back Porch
Stop 207: Dining Room, Sitting Room, and Butler's Pantry
Stop 208: Upper Floor Bedrooms and Bathtub Area
Stop 209: Front Porch and the View to the East
Stop 210: Jones Family History from 1886 - 1914

4. Spring Hill Ranch Barn Tour
Stop 301: Welcome
Stop 302: Barn
Stop 303: Middle Floor
Stop 304: Lower Floor
Stop 305: Upper Floor
Stop 306: Stone Corrals

5. Lower Fox Creek Schoolhouse Tour
Stop 401: Introduction to the One Room School
Stop 402: History of the Lower Fox Creek School #14
Stop 403: Restoration of the Lower Fox Creek School
Stop 404: Interior of the Lower Fox Creek School

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