Tallgrass Prairie National Preserve
 Z Bar/Spring Hill Ranch

 Route 1 Box 14, Highway 177
Strong City, Kansas 66869
(620) 273-8494

Buildings open daily  9 AM - 4:30 PM
Trials open 24 hours        Free
Tallgrass Prairie National Preserve is one of the eight Wonders of Kansas

Tallgrass Prairie National Preserve - Stong City, Kansas
Tallgrass Prairie National Preserve Map
Tallgrass Prairie National Preserve Z-Bar Ranch
This three story stone barn was one of the largest in Kansas when built.

The Tallgrass Prairie National Preserve Surounding the Stong City - Cottonwood Falls, Kansas area was established in the Flint Hills region of Kansas in 1996. Less than 4% of the 400,000 square miles of tallgrass prairie that once covered the North American Continent still remain, primarily in the Flint Hills of Kansas. The preserve protects 10,861 acres, most of it under control of the Nature Conservancy. Legislation does not permit the National Park Service to own more than 180 acres of the preserve.

The National Park Service currently operates 32 acres including the 1881 historic ranch house, limestone barn and outbuildings, and nearby one room schoolhouse. The Tallgrass Prairie National Preserve is located 2 miles north of Strong City on Kansas Highway 177.

Free 90 minute prairie bus tours are available daily from from the last Saturday in April through the last Sunday in October, at 11 AM (additional tours when staff is available).  Advance reservations are recomended for the prairie bus tours.

Free guided house tours and self guided tours of the Spring Hill Ranch headquarters area are available every day of the year, with a 10 minute site orientation video available by request.

Living History Ranching Weekends: On holidays and the 1st and 3rd weekends of each month from Memorial Day through October, experience daily activities on a working ranch as you visit the Tallgrass Prairie National Preserve. Activities may include historic cooking, music programs, soap making, quilting, crocheting, carpentry skills, roping skills, gardening, saddling skills, and blacksmithing. 

Warning, the rest rooms are porta-johns.

Eight Wonders of Kansas

In 2007, the Kansas Sampler Foundation selected the Tallgrass Prairie National Preserve as one of the Eight Wonders of Kansas

Other sites selected as the Eight Wonders of Kansas include the Cathedral of the Plains, Kansas Cosmosphere, Monument & Castle Rocks, and the Eisenhower Presidential Library.
 
 

Tallgrass Prairie National Preserve Ranch House
1881 Z Bar / Spring Hill ranch house


Tallgrass Prairie National Preserve Map
Tallgrass Prairie National Preserve Map

Tallgrass Prairie National Preserve website
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