bison bulls clashing
Bison bulls clash during the fall rutting season.

NPS Photo - Wind Cave National Park

Emergencies: dial 911

Safety Essentials

  • Plan ahead. Tell a friend/ranger where you're going and when you plan to return.
  • Cell phone for emergencies.
  • Adequate clothing (rain jacket and warm layers).
  • Water; at least 20 oz (.6 L)
  • Sturdy footwear.
  • Bring a Map. Cell service can be spotty in areas. Stone markers have stationary maps at most trail intersections. Paper maps are available at the Visitor Center.
  • When in doubt, ask a ranger first.


Watch out for traffic, pedestrians, and road conditions in the Flint Hills. Wildlife cross the road frequently. Use caution navigating the curves and blind hills, especially at night. Heavy semi-trucks and slow farm equipment are not uncommon. 


Hiking Trails

Trails are open 24/7. Stay on established trails when possible. The trails remain the clearest spot to see wildlife and reduce negative wildlife encounters. Know the trail difficulty before setting out. Tall vegetation and rocky landscape make off-trail ventures hazardous. Nature trails cover the bottomlands close to parking areas. Backcountry trails go further into the uplands. Practice Leave No Trace principles.



Animals on the preserve are wild and unpredictable. Don't let the large bison distract you. The preserve thrives with several smaller creatures. Ticks, chiggers, and mosquitoes actively look for a summer meal. Check out the Animal Lists found at the preserve.

  • Do not harrass wildlife. No critters like people disturbing their day. Take a picture from a safe distance and let it be.

  • Do not feed the wildlife. Feeding wild animals may lead to dependence on handouts and failure to survive the winter. Their survival depends on on staying wild.

  • Do not kill any wildlife. All wildlife on the preserve are protected. 

Last updated: April 9, 2022

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