Tallgrass Prairie National Reserve

An expansive tallgrass prairie with summer flowers, under a stormy sky.
Tallgrass Prairie National Preserve

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Tallgrass prairie once covered 170 million acres of North America, but within a generation most of it had been transformed into farmland. Today less than 4% remains intact, mostly in the Kansas Flint Hills. Established on November 12, 1996, the preserve protects a nationally significant remnant of the once vast tallgrass prairie ecosystem. Here the tallgrass makes its last stand.

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Tallgrass Prairie National Preserve

Santa Fe National Historic Trail

Santa Fe National Historic Trail, Tallgrass Prairie National Preserve

Last updated: February 14, 2022