• 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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  • Recent Aggressive Bison Behavior

    Bison have recently exhibited some aggressive behavior. Hikers are alerted. Hiking is still available with alternate trails around Windmill Pasture. If hiking through the pasture, please stay at least 100 yards away from the bison or turn around. More »

Things To Know Before You Come

visitor center

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

Our new visitor center is open. Please check in with the rangers and begin your visit here with 10-minute orientation film, brochures, and temporary 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.
Beginning in April, the historic barn will undergo needed repairs and will be closed for 4-5 months. The historic 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, Just Hiking
Hiking and nature trails 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?

Limestone and flint on the surface of the soil kept it from being tilled

Zebulon Pike unknowingly named the Flint Hills based on his journal entry in 1806 as he camped and passed through very 'ruff' hills of flint. This flint kept the prairie from being tilled. Tallgrass Prairie National Preserve