Tallgrass Prairie National Preserve

2480 US 177
Strong City, KS 66869- Map It
Phone: (620) 273-8494

AAA Editor Notes

Tallgrass Prairie National Preserve is .75 mi. w. on US 50, then 2 mi. n. on US 177/Flint Hills National Scenic Byway. This 10,894-acre site protects a remnant of the continent’s once vast tallgrass prairie. The visitor center offers exhibits, an orientation film and information. Self-guiding cellphone tours of the 1881 Spring Hill Ranch include the restored Second Empire ranch house, a massive three-story limestone barn and a one-room schoolhouse. Via bus, rangers conduct 90-minute prairie tours, which focus on natural history, the ranching legacy and ecology. A bison herd roams Windmill Pasture. Nature trails are available, and living-history programs are offered during summer. Note: Pets on leash are allowed in designated areas. Guided tours are available. Pet friendly (call for restrictions/fees.). Recreational activities are permitted.
Hours: Grounds daily 24 hours. Visitor center and ranch buildings open daily 8:30-4:30, May-Oct.; 9-4:30, rest of year. Buildings daily 8:30-4:30, Mar.-Oct.; Mon.-Sat. 9-4:30, rest of year. Buildings closed most major holidays. House tours are offered based on staff availability. Bus tours depart Sat.-Sun. at 11 and 1, late Apr.-late Oct.; other times based on staff availability. Closed major holidays.