bison grazing at Tallgrass Prairie National Preserve U.S. National Park

Tallgrass Prairie National Preserve

The 10,894 acre Tallgrass Prairie National Preserve protects a nationally significant remnant of the once vast Tallgrass prairie and its cultural resources. Less than 4% of the 400,000 acres of Tallgrass prairie remains today. An area of the preserve includes an 1881 historic ranch house, a limestone barn and outbuildings, and a one-room schoolhouse. A bison herd was introduced to the preserve in 2009 and five maintained hiking trails are available at the preserve 24/7. A 10-minute orientation video and exhibits await in the visitor’s center, which is open 8:30 am through 4:30pm, May through October, and 9:00 am to 4:30 pm, November through April. There is no entrance fee. In 2008 the preserve was named one of the 8 Wonders of Kansas.