Things To Know Before You Come

photo showing the front side of the visitor center
Begin your visit at the Visitor Center located in the left half of the building.

Please be aware of current conditions (click on this link) as you make plans for visiting Tallgrass Prairie National Preserve. The preserve hiking trails are old gravel ranch roads and mowed paths; a rustic and natural environment. It's a good idea to wear clothing and footwear you don't mind getting dirty.

Come to the visitor center to begin your visit with a 10-minute orientation film and exhibits. Friendly rangers are available to provide brochures and trail map orientation to make your stay an enjoyable one. Please call ahead (620-273-8494 hit 0) for tour availability.

All historic buildings are open during normal posted hours per winter and summer season. Visit the Operating Hours and Seasons page.

Visitor Safety

Bison - Windmill Pasture is home to the preserve's bison herd. Some hiking trails bisect Windmill Pasture. Please do not attempt to pet or come in close contact with the bison. Though they often appear docile, bison are wild animals and will attack when threatened. Please keep a safe distance when hiking.

Snakes - All wildlife at the park is protected. The preserve is home to venomous snakes, such as massasauga rattlesnakes and copperheads. For your safety, please watch where you are walking and do not put your hands anywhere you cannot see. Be cautious around rock walls, fences, and in tall grass.

No Biking or Driving on the Roads and Trails, Just Hiking
The nature trails and hiking trails (old ranch roads) are for foot traffic only. A bicycle rack is provided in the top parking lot for your convenience. All trails are open 24 hours, seven days a week. At this time camping is not authorized.

Strollers on Trails - Strollers are welcome on trails, but be aware that trails are gravel roads and mowed trails and may not be conducive to the typical stroller wheels. For safety, please use good judgement before hiking into the bison pasture with children in strollers.

No Open Flames Please
For safety of the resource and visitors, please no grilling or open flames at the preserve.

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Last updated: July 18, 2018

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Mailing Address:

2480B KS Hwy 177
Strong City, KS 66869


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