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

    Tallgrass Prairie

    National Preserve Kansas

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  • Reminder, Bison Are Wild Animals

    Windmill Pasture is home to the bison herd. They have been quite active in recent weeks. Please stay on the trails and use caution in their vicinity. Do not come in close contact with the bison. Allow at least 100 yards between you and the herd. More »

  • Handicap Parking Available at Visitor Center

    For the next several months, the handicap parking area by the barn is closed until the barn construction project is complete. Handicap parking is available at the Visitor Center.

Photo Gallery of the Spring Prairie Burn

fire clouds
 
 
 cowchips on fire

Photo showing that pioneers of the prairie knew what they were talking about, "cowchips do burn." This entire field showed the remnants of last season.

 
fire clouds
Smoke covers the distant clouds to create a spectacular sunset.
 
rancher burning the prairie
Rancher Gene Matile sets a prescribed fire with a torch tied to the back of an ATV.
 
fire flames
Prescribed fire across from the preserve east of K177 Highway.
 
school lit by fire
One-room school lit by the glow of the  flames from the fire across the road.
 
fire across from the school
After the fire died down,the school continued to be lit by the remaining glowing embers.
 

Did You Know?

The ranch house at the Spring Hill Ranch is made of limestone blocks.

The limestone blocks used to build the historic house, barn, and outbuildings weigh over 160 pounds per cubic foot. Limestone was quarried locally, faced or quoined, then brought to the ranch for building purposes. Tallgrass Prairie National Preserve