Fees & Passes

Entrance Fee
There is no charge to visit Tallgrass Prairie National Preserve or attend any of our many programs and activities.

Bus Tours - Free
Visit here for more details about our bus tours.

Group and School Tours - Free
Free guided tours for schools and organized groups may be reserved a minimum of two weeks in advance by calling (620) 273-8494 (hit 0).

National Park Passes
While there is no charge for visiting the preserve, the following information is provided for visitor use at other National Park Service sites that collect an entrance fee.

Beginning on January 1, 2007, the America the Beautiful-National Parks and Federal Recreational Lands Passes replaced the Golden Age, Golden Access, Golden Eagle, and National Park Passes. The National Park Passes are NOT available at the preserve, but are available at the regional locations listed below.

*All Golden Age, Golden Access, Golden Eagle, and National Parks Passes will continue to be honored at applicable locations according to the provisions of the pass. Only paper Golden Age and Golden Access Passports may be exchanged free of charge for the new plastic passes.

 
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America the Beautiful - Senior Pass - Cost $10
National Parks and Federal Recreational Lands Pass
On Aug. 28, 2017, the cost of a lifetime pass to our national parks for those 62 and older will jump from $10 to $80.

This is a lifetime pass for U.S. citizens or permanent residents age 62 or over. The pass provides access to, and use of, Federal recreation sites that charge an Entrance or Standard Amenity.

Replaced: Golden Age Passport - May be exchanged free of charge.
The pass admits the pass holder and passengers in a non-commercial vehicle at per vehicle fee areas and pass holder + 3 adults, not to exceed 4 adults, at per person fee areas (children under 16 are admitted free). The pass can only be obtained in person at the park.

The Senior Pass provides a 50 percent discount on some Expanded Amenity Fees charged for facilities and services such as camping, swimming, boat launch, and specialized interpretive services. In some cases where Expanded Amenity Fees are charged, only the pass holder will be given the 50 percent price reduction. The pass is non-transferable and generally does NOT cover or reduce special recreation permit fees or fees charged by concessionaires.

Frequently asked questions about the Interagency Senior Pass

Both Senior and Access Passes are available for purchase at the USGS online store at the above link. An additional charge of $10 is required for processing if purchased on-line.
 
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America the Beautiful - Access Pass - Free.
National Parks and Federal Recreational Lands Pass
This is a lifetime pass for U.S. citizens or permanent residents with permanent disabilities. The pass provides access to, and use of, Federal recreation sites that charge an Entrance or Standard Amenity.

Replaced: Golden Access Passport - May be exchanged free of charge.
Documentation is required to obtain the pass. Acceptable documentation includes: statement by a licensed physician; document issued by a Federal agency such as the Veteran's Administration, Social Security Disability Income or Supplemental Security Income; or document issued by a State agency such as a vocational rehabilitation agency. The pass admits the pass holder and passengers in a non-commercial vehicle at per vehicle fee areas and pass holder + 3 adults, not to exceed 4 adults, at per person fee areas (children under 16 are admitted free). The pass can only be obtained in person at the park.

The Access Pass provides a 50 percent discount on some Expanded Amenity Fees charged for facilities and services such as camping, swimming, boat launching, and specialized interpretive services. In some cases where Expanded Amenity Fees are charged, only the pass holder will be given the 50 percent price reduction. The pass is non-transferable and generally does NOT cover or reduce special recreation permit fees or fees charged by concessionaires.

Frequently asked questions about the Access Pass
 
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America the Beautiful
- 2017 Annual Pass - Cost $80.
National Parks and Federal Recreational Lands Pass

This pass, available to the general public, provides access to, and use of, Federal recreation sites that charge an Entrance or Standard Amenity Fee - for a year - beginning from the date of sale.

This pass can be obtained in person at the park, by calling 1-888-ASK USGS, Ext. 1, or via Internet at https://store.usgs.gov/pass

This pass admits:

  • Pass holder/s and passengers in a non-commercial vehicle at per vehicle fee areas
  • Pass holder + 3 adults (not to exceed 4 adults) at per person fee areas. (children under 16 admitted free)

 
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Annual "Every Kid in a Park" 4th Grade Pass - Free
Available to U.S. 4th graders (including home-schooled and free-choice learners 10 years of age) with a valid "Every Kid in a Park" paper voucher. The pass is valid for the duration of the 4th grade school year through the following summer (September through August).

Paper vouchers can be obtained by visiting the Every Kid in a Park website and those vouchers may be exchanged for the Annual 4th Grade Pass at federal recreation sites that charge entrance fees or amenity fees.
 
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2016 Annual Pass for Military - Free

For active duty military personnel and dependents with proper identification (CAC Card or DD Form 1173)

Frequently asked questions about the Annual Pass for Military

 

Camping
The preserve does not have camping available. The nearest location is five miles south on K177 in Cottonwood Falls at Bates Grove Park and Swope Park. Call the Cottonwood Falls City Office at 620-273-6666 for more information or ask a ranger for directions.

Chase State Fishing Lake, administered by Kansas Department of Wildlife and Parks (3 miles west of Cottonwood Falls) provides a shelter house, fire rings and grills, picnic tables, and pit toilets for use by campers, picnickers, and anglers.

Camping, picnicking, fishing, and hunting are available at Council Grove Reservoir (17 miles north of the preserve) and is administered by the U.S. Army Corps of Engineers. Call the Council Grove Lake Office at 620-767-5195 for more information.

Last updated: August 8, 2017

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Mailing Address:

2480B KS Hwy 177
Strong City, KS 66869

Phone:

(620) 273-8494 xhit 0

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