• 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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    Bison have recently exhibited some aggressive behavior. Hikers are alerted. Hiking is still available with alternate trails around Windmill Pasture. If hiking through the pasture, please stay at least 100 yards away from the bison or turn around. More »

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?

Southwind Nature Trail at Tallgrass Prairie National Preserve

A single blade of big bluestem might have a root system descending over 8 feet underground. This is deep enough so that the plant will emerge in the spring even without rainfall. Big bluestem grows abundantly on the Southwind Nature Trail.