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.
Plan Your Visit
National Park Service
First Time Visitor
Please be aware of current conditions (click on this link) as you make plans for visiting Tallgrass Prairie National Preserve.
Begin your visit to the preserve at the visitor information desk located in our new visitor center. Visit our Operating Hours and Seasons page for further information. All access to the preserve is via walking or hiking. No private vehicle access is allowed.
Tallgrass Prairie National Preserve offers many opportunities to experience the rich natural and cultural heritage that exists in the Flint Hills of Kansas. To help you get started, here is a list of daily activities that a typical visit may include:
Additional activities are available during the summer months, with special weekend activities featuring in-depth natural and cultural programs.
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.