• 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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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.

http://www.ksag.org/page/concealed-carry

http://www.kslegislature.org/legsrv-statutes/getStatuteInfo.do

Look up statute 21-4204

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?

Spring Hill Ranch at the Tallgrass Prairie National Preserve

Stephen F. Jones spent the modern equivalent of about $1.9 million building the Spring Hill Ranch complex including the stone fences, but only owned the property for 10 years and occupied the limestone ranch house for 5 1/2 years. Tallgrass Prairie National Preserve