Birds-eye view of the ranch headquarters area.
National Park Service
First Time Visitor
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.
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:
- 10-minute site orientation film in Visitor Center (watch additional video on YouTube)
- Ranch House exhibit on display in Visitor Center while Ranch House is closed for repairs.
- Self-guiding ranch headquarters tour with map
- Cell phone tour of historic buildings
- Three frontcountry nature trails - open 24 hours year-round; no camping
- Pets on leash welcome on frontcountry nature trails - See Pet Page for more info.
- Backcountry hiking trails - open 24 hours year-round; no camping
- Junior Ranger Booklet - Children can earn a badge by completing five or more activities. Other fun activities offered at the Junior Ranger Station in the historic barn.
Additional activities are available during the summer months, with special weekend activities featuring in-depth natural and cultural programs.
- Due to tour road conditions, the bus tours have been cancelled indefinitely.
- From Memorial Day through the last Sunday in October, special interpretive natural resource and cultural history programs on alternating weekends as staffing allows. Ask the rangers for the location of the scheduled interpretive activity.
- One-room Lower Fox Creek Schoolhouse open weekends (Saturday and Sunday) from 12 p.m. - 4 p.m. in May, June, September, and October.