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.
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. See press release.
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?
The Tallgrass Prairie National Preserve is a partnership between the National Park Service and The Nature Conservancy. Both work together to preserve and protect the tallgrass prairie ecosystem, while educating the public about its importance.