National Parks / Natural World
Tallgrass Prairie National Preserve Strong City
Where is it at?
Tallgrass Prairie National Preserve
2480B KS Hwy 177
Tel: 620 273 8494
Where are we going today?
Did you know that the Tallgrass Prairie once covered a whopping 170 million acres of North America!? Now, the Tallgrass Prairie National Preserve protects what remains - about 4% of the original amount so families like you can enjoy it!
Begin your nature filled day at the Visitor Center where you can enjoy a short orientation film, learn from temporary exhibits and get started on the Junior Ranger activities!
Fancy becoming a Junior Ranger, kids!? All you have to do to earn your Jr. Ranger badge, is complete the activities found in your activity books that you can pick up from the Visitor Center. Just complete the five activities found inside, after which the friendly rangers will check your work, then issue you with your OFFICIAL Jr Ranger badge!
Now you have your badge, you can wear it with pride as you complete other fun activities that the preserve offer, such as the Junior Ranger Leave No Trace activities which include a super fun scavenger hunt!
For the whole family, you can spend your day on one of the three hiking trails, of varying lengths, where you can experience the magic of the tallgrass prairie first-hand. These trails are open 24 hours so you can enjoy them at all their beautiful moments across the day and the night.
Those wanting something a bit more adventurous, you can try the backcountry trails. These are also open 24 hours, and are moderately difficult and range from just under 4 miles to a challenging 13 miles. Each trail is different and will allow you to immerse yourself in the wildflowers, rugged terrain, and even bison in the area which they call home. Just be mindful that they are wild animals so just be careful.
The preserve have schedule private tours and programs that you can be a part of, covering topics such as geology and the night sky, or you can enjoy a cellphone tour of the historic buildings.
When you get there, just take a moment, and take a deep breath, and just breathe in that country air!
When can we go?
Buildings open daily - 8:30am - 4:3pm (open 9am Nov to April)
Trails open 24 hours, year round.
They offer free guided tours for schools and groups! Just make sure you reserve a spot 2 weeks in advance. .
Any Top Tips?
Camping isn't permitted in the preserve. .
Make sure you stick to the trails and not to wander off due to wildlife around such as bison and snakes. Also, no biking or driving on the trails and roads - foot traffic only. .
What people are saying?
by Chris O'Neil
It was an awesome experience. The pristine prairie grass is really fluffy and so tall that when my kids fell they completely disappeared. The buffalo were beautiful and while the rangers caution you to be careful, you can get as close you think safe. Originally from California, I find this park to be one of my favorites.
by Beth Stefan
This was a refreshing stop on a long trip. The grasses were very beautiful in the way they waved like waves of water. Nice hiking paths. Good picnic area in the shade of big trees. The restrooms were very clean. The buildings were interesting though it would have been better with a guide. We didn't get a tour. I would do that next time.
Nice in that it was not crowded.
by Scott Krigel
The Ranger was very knowledgeable and we learned a lot about the Flint Hills. We didn't know how complex the eco system was on the prairie. The stone house (beginning of the tour) was also interesting, but the prairie guided tour was facinating.
by Ray Mendenhall
I know it doesn't sound like something to see, if you get a chance, check it out, you will be super beside yourself to witness the expanse.
by A Google User
Long drive to get there, but I thought it was worth it. Very peaceful. Nice landscape. We took the free ranger-guided bus tour - I thought the guide seemed very knowledgeable. Very informative.