Fees and Reservations
PERMITS - Follow this link to learn more about applying for a Special Use Permit.
From the last Saturday in April through the last Sunday in October, 90-minute prairie bus tours offered on Saturday and Sunday at 11 a.m. and 1 p.m. as staffing allows.
Free guided tours for schools and organized groups may be reserved a minimum of two weeks in advance by calling (620) 273-8494.
While there is no charge for visiting the preserve, the following information is provided for visitor use at other National Park Service sites that collect an entrance fee.
Senior and Access Passes Available by Mail
*Only the National Park Pass may be obtained by calling 1-888-ASK-USGS and press 1 (888-275-8747, option 1), or on-line at http://store.usgs.gov/pass.
Download "America the Beautiful" National Park Pass Brochure
The preserve does not have camping available. The nearest location is five miles south on K177 in Cottonwood Falls at Bates Grove Park and Swope Park. Call the Cottonwood Falls City Office at 620-273-6666 for more information or ask a ranger for directions.
Did You Know?
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.