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 will be off limits at Tallgrass Prairie National Preserve are the main ranch house, barn, back ranchhand house, Lower Fox Creek Schoolhouse, and the administrative office in Cottonwood Falls, KS.
Did You Know?
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