• 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.

Cell Phone Tours

Cell phone tour

Cell phone tour of ranch headquarters, school house, and prairie overlook

Self-guiding Historic Ranch Headquarters
Cell Phone Tour

Click on the links below to visit via the internet or you may call (620) 805-3185 and punch in the tour stops to learn about the history of the 1881 Spring Hill Farm and Stock Ranch, the prairie, and the one-room schoolhouse.


1. Historic Buildings and Prairie Overlook

Welcome Greeting
Stop 1: Three-level limestone barn
Stop 2: Stone corrals and fences
Stop 3: Outbuildings
Stop 4: Scratch shed
Stop 5: Chicken house
Stop 6: Carriage house
Stop 7: Ranch house
Stop 8: Curing house
Stop 9: Outhouse
Stop 10:Icehouse
Stop 11: Prairie overlook
Stop 12: Lower Fox Creek Schoolhouse


2. Scenic Flint Hills Driving Tour
This 37 mile driving tour follows a portion of the Flint Hills National Scenic Byway K-177 from Strong City, Kansas as far south as Matfield Green. The tour loops through the Flint Hills with the tour ending at Bazaar, Kansas. This tour is a great alternative if you've missed one of our scheduled prairie bus tours. Welcome to the beautiful Flint Hills.

Download Map for Flint Hills Driving Tour (321KB)
Stop 100: Tallgrass Prairie National Preserve establishment
Stop 101: Naming the Flint Hills
Stop 102: Scenery, Flint, and Patchburn Grazing
Stop 103: Last Remaining Tallgrass Prairie and the Prairie Chicken
Stop 104: "Legs" of the Tallgrass
Stop 105: Flint Hills Plant Growth
Stop 106: Surviving Adversity through Diversity
Stop 107: Flint Hills Erosion
Stop 108: Stone Fences and Quarries
Stop 109: Flint Hills Geology and Settlement
Stop 110: Kansa Relocation

Did You Know?

Aerial photo of the Flint Hills at Tallgrass Prairie National Preserve

Kansas was once the bed of a vast inland sea. The unique, stairstep landscape of the Flint Hills was formed through a process of differential erosion. Erosion washed away the soft shale layers and left the tougher layers of limestone and flint to form the hilltops and prominent benches.