Things To Know Before You Come
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.
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
Did You Know?
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.