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.
Laws & Policies
As of February 22, 2010, a new federal law allows people who can legally possess firearms under applicable federal, state, and local laws, to legally possess firearms on lands owned by the National Park Service in this preserve.
Most lands within the boundaries of Tallgrass Prairie National Preserve are privately owned. It is the responsibility of visitors to understand and comply with all applicable state, local, and federal firearms laws before entering this preserve. As a starting point, please visit our state's website.
Federal law also prohibits firearms in certain facilities in this park; those places are marked with signs at all public entrances.
The buildings where firearms are not authorized at Tallgrass Prairie National Preserve are the main ranch house, barn, back ranchhand house, Lower Fox Creek Schoolhouse, the Visitor Center/Administrative Office building, and maintenance shop.
Did You Know?
Cattle can gain up to 2 pounds per day grazing on the prairie grasses of the Flint Hills. The calcium found in the limestone erodes into the soil, making the prairie plants more nutritious for grazing animals. Cattle grazing is still the main agricultural use of the Flint Hills today.