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

    Tallgrass Prairie

    National Preserve Kansas

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  • Trails on the West Side are Closed Today

    All trails on the west side are closed today due to prescribed fire. For your safety, please obey signs and do not venture beyond closed areas. The historic ranch buildings remain open and all areas to the east of Hwy 177 are open to hiking More »

  • 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 »

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?

Flint points found at Tallgrass Prairie National Preserve

There is archaelogocal evidence of humans living here over 10,000 years ago. Tribes affiliated with the preserve are the Kaw, Osage, Wichita, and Pawnee.