Where is the tall grass?
Shh....It's hiding among the peace and quiet. We want to help you plan your special visit!
With nearly 11,000 acres of Mother Nature, see wide open space, beautiful vistas, wildflowers, wildlife, bison herd, a historic ranch and one-room school with limestone buildings, and plenty of solitude, each season brings something new to experience.
Our motto is "Tall in the Fall" as it takes all season for the tall grasses to reach their maximum heights, which differ each season and are dictated by the amount of rainfall. Greater rain equals taller grasses. So if visiting in the spring, expect to see grasses up to 6 inches that continue to grow all year until they reach their maximum heights in late September/October.
The preserve offers many opportunities to make a meaningful connection to the prairie and the people that lived here. You do not need a reservation to visit the preserve. The prairie is open year-round 24/7 except during times of prescribed fire. The hiking trails consist of old gravel ranch roads and mowed paths; a truly rustic and natural environment. It's a good idea to wear clothing and footwear you don't mind getting dirty and use insect repellent.
The buildings have scheduled hours and are posted in the information below. All access to the preserve is via walking or hiking. Bicycles, ATVs, and private vehicles are not allowed in the prairie. Camping and overnight parking is not authorized at this time.
We hope you will have fun, make lifelong memories, and develop a deep appreciation for this very special place. There is something for everyone here at Tallgrass Prairie National Preserve. Come experience this jewel of the Flint Hills.
Education Programs and Tours
Everything teachers need to know to schedule a program with the rangers.
Special Park Use Permits
Visit here for information on science research permits, filming and photography, or other special park uses.
Visiting with your pet
Everything you need to know to have a safe and enjoyable visit with your pet.
Last updated: March 17, 2021