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Tallgrass Prairie National Preserve

Contact Info
226 Broadway
PO Box 585
Cottonwood Falls, KS 66845

National Park


Tallgrass prairie once covered 400,000 square miles of North America. Less than 4% remains, mostly in the Flint Hills of Kansas. On November 12, 1996, legislation created the 10,894 acre preserve, which protects a nationally significant example of the once vast tallgrass prairie ecosystem, while containing a unique collection of natural and cultural features from the American Indian to present.

Hours + Fees


The preserve is open year-round from 9 a.m. - 4:30 p.m. except Thanksgiving, Christmas, and New Years Day.

May - October - Visitor information desk is located in the historic limestone barn. The limestone barn is not climate controlled.
November - April - Visitor information desk is located on the back porch of the limestone ranch house. Exhibits, brochures, and a 10-minute audio visual program are available at each location year-round.

Visiting After Hours - The parking lot gates and buildings close at 4:30 p.m. Please remove your vehicle outside the parking lot gates to the circle drive if you are visiting beyond 4:30 p.m.

The Southwind Nature Trail and ranch headquarters area are open until sunset and accessible via the parking lot area through walk-through gates and self-guiding walking tour brochure located in the kiosk at the base of the driveway.

Map + Directions

Basic Directions

The preserve is located in northern Chase County, Kansas 2 miles north of intersection U.S. 50 and Flint Hills National Scenic Byway 177 (K-177) west of Strong City. Look for brown attraction signs.

From Kansas City
Travel southwest on I-335 to Emporia, KS. At Emporia travel 16 miles west on U.S. 50 and north for 2 miles on K-177.

From Wichita
Travel northeast on I-35 to the Cassody exit. Travel north on K-177 for 25 miles to Strong City. Turn west on U.S. 50 and travel approximately 1 mile. Travel north on K-177 for 2 miles. The preserve is on the west side of the highway.

Customizable Directions

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