Tallgrass Prairie National Preserve visitor center and historic buildings are open daily, seven days a week from 8:30 a.m to 4:30 p.m from May through October and from 9 a.m. to 4:30 p.m. from November through April, only closing on major holidays. A schedule is below. The prairie hiking and nature trails are open 24/7 except during times of prescribed fire or when moving bison at certain times of the year. A trail map is available outside the visitor center for after-hours visitors.
On rare occasions when there is heavy snowfall or icy conditions, we may be closed or delay opening. Please call ahead at 620-273-8494 (hit 0) or check the website/Facebook if the weather is bad, just to be sure we are open.
Summer Building Hours - May through October
8:30 a.m. - 4:30 p.m.
Winter Building Hours - November through April
9 a.m. - 4:30 p.m.
Begin your visit to the preserve at the Visitor Center, which includes exhibits, brochures, trail map, kid's activities, and a 10 minute audio visual program. Entrance to the visitor center is on the left side of the breezeway near the open sign at the back of the building. After-hours restroom is available in the breezeway with more restrooms inside the visitor center. Wheelchair accessible and car parking is to the left of the driveway, with RV and bus parking to the right.
Lower Fox Creek Schoolhouse - Open daily from 9 a.m. to 4 p.m. May through December.
The preserve buildings will be closed for the following holidays:
- January 1, 2019 (New Year's Day)
- January 21, 2019 (Martin Luther King Jr's Birthday)
- February 18, 2019 (President's Day)
- November 28, 2019 (Thanksgiving Day)
- December 25, 2019 (Christmas Day)
- Visiting After Hours - The ranch driveway gate and buildings close at 4:30 p.m. If parking in the handicap parking area on the hill near the barn, please move your vehicle to the lower parking area if you will be visiting beyond 4:30 p.m.
The ranch headquarters area is accessible through an open space around the driveway gates at the base of the hill. Cell phone tour information is available at the kiosk and on the waysides.
Hiking trails are open 24 hours; no camping or open flame.
Phone 620-273-8494 and follow the prompts. Press 0 for the ranger at the information desk. The desk is operated during business hours posted above. Please leave a message and we will answer promptly or if after business hours, the following day.