• 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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  • 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.


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Eastern National
The bookstore at Tallgrass Prairie National Preserve is operated by Eastern National. There are books about the tallgrass prairie, cowboys, American Indians, children's books, plant guides, and other items to make your visit memorable. Please contact the bookstore at (620) 273-8494 for details.

Eastern National is a nonprofit cooperating association of the National Park Service. Headquartered in Fort Washington, PA, the association was founded in 1947 at Gettysburg National Military Park by National Park Service rangers. It was to be a cooperating association that would serve a network of individual parks that could not sustain their own cooperating association. Currently, Eastern National is the cooperating association for over 150 national park units, and is partners with many other public trusts including the U.S. Forest Service, Army Corps of Engineers, and state and city park systems. The primary partner of Eastern National is the National Park Service.

Please feel free to also visit the local communities for purchase of snacks and other items to assist in your visit. There is much to see in Chase County, Kansas.

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Passport to Your National Parks

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Passport to Your National Parks
America's natural treasures--our national parks--are presented in one handy booklet, with the "Passport to Your National Parks" program. This 104-page travelogue includes color-coded maps, pre-visit information, illustrations, and photographs. It also included a list of every national park area in the United States. Spaces allow you to collect the series of commemorative Passport stamps issued each year (sold separately). You can purchase a new Passport or have your current Passport stamped in the bookstore.

Did You Know?

Aerial photo of the Flint Hills at Tallgrass Prairie National Preserve

Kansas was once the bed of a vast inland sea. The unique, stairstep landscape of the Flint Hills was formed through a process of differential erosion. Erosion washed away the soft shale layers and left the tougher layers of limestone and flint to form the hilltops and prominent benches.