• The setting sun over the Flint Hills casts shadows across the wide expanse of tallgrass prairie.

    Tallgrass Prairie

    National Preserve Kansas

Things To Know Before You Come

visitor center

Begin your visit at the Visitor Center located on the left.

Please be aware of current conditions (click on this link) as you make plans for visiting Tallgrass Prairie National Preserve.

Our new visitor center is open. Please check in with the rangers and begin your visit here with 10-minute orientation film, brochures, and exhibits. Please continue to call ahead (620-273-8494) for tour and building availability or check with the staff.

Currently the historic ranch house is closed for needed repairs.

The historic barn, chicken house, scratch shed, outhouse, and curing house outbuildings are open during normal posted hours per winter or summer season. Visit the Operating Hours and Seasons page.

Visitor Safety

Bison - Windmill Pasture is home to the preserve's bison herd. Some hiking trails bisect the bison area. Please do not attempt to pet or come in close contact with the bison. Though they often appear docile, bison are wild animals and will attack when threatened. Please keep a safe distance when hiking.

Snakes - All wildlife at the park is protected. The preserve is home to venomous snakes, such as massasauga rattlesnakes and copperheads. For your safety, please watch where you are walking and do not put your hands anywhere you cannot see. Be cautious around rock walls, fences, and in tall grass.

No Biking or Driving on the Roads and Trails, Just Hiking
The hiking and nature trails (old ranch roads) are for foot traffic only. A bicycle rack is provided in the top parking lot for your convenience. All trails are open 24 hours, seven days a week. At this time camping is not authorized.

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Did You Know?

Southwind Nature Trail at Tallgrass Prairie National Preserve

A single blade of big bluestem might have a root system descending over 8 feet underground. This is deep enough so that the plant will emerge in the spring even without rainfall. Big bluestem grows abundantly on the Southwind Nature Trail.