• 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 »

Operating Hours & Seasons

Begin your visit at the Visitor Center, which is the farthest limestone building to the south. Entrance to the visitor center is on the left side of the breezeway.

Please continue to call ahead (620-273-8494) for tour and building availability.
Currently the historic ranch house is closed for needed repairs.

The preserve hiking trails are open 24 hours a day, year-round.

Summer Season - May through October
Buildings Open Daily
8:30 a.m. - 4:30 p.m.

Winter Season - November through April
Buildings Open Daily
9 a.m. - 4:30 p.m.

The preserve buildings will be closed for the following holidays:

2014

  • January 1, 2014 (New Year's Day)
  • January 20, 2014 (Martin Luther King Jr's. birthday)
  • February 17, 2014 (President's Day)
  • October 13, 2014 (Columbus Day)
  • November 11, 2014 (Veteran's Day)
  • November 27, 2014 (Thanksgiving Day)
  • December 25, 2014 (Christmas Day)

    A downloadable self-guiding tour map is available to visit the site year-round. The visitor information desk is located in our new visitor center. Exhibits, brochures, and a 10-minute audio visual program are available year-round.

    Visitors may obtain maps and orientation at the visitor center located south of the historic limestone barn.

  • Visiting After Hours - The ranch driveway gate and buildings close at 4:30 p.m. If parking in the handicap parking area on the hill near the barn, please move your vehicle to the lower parking area if you will be visiting beyond 4:30 p.m.

    The ranch headquarters area and building exteriors are accessible through walk-through gates and self-guiding walking tour brochure located in the kiosk at the base of the driveway.

    Hiking trails are open 24 hours; no camping or open flame.

    Phone 620-273-8494 and follow the prompts. Press 0 for the ranger at the information desk. The desk is operated during business hours posted above. Please leave a message and we will answer promptly the following day.

Did You Know?

Limestone and flint on the surface of the soil kept it from being tilled

Zebulon Pike unknowingly named the Flint Hills based on his journal entry in 1806 as he camped and passed through very 'ruff' hills of flint. This flint kept the prairie from being tilled. Tallgrass Prairie National Preserve