Overview of entrance requirements
FreeNo entrance pass required
An entrance pass is not required to access Tallgrass Prairie National Preserve.
Other National Park Service sites may require an entrance pass or fee. Depending on your trip plans, an interagency pass may save you money.
Fees are not required to visit the preserve.
There is no charge to visit Tallgrass Prairie National Preserve or attend any of our many programs and activities.
Group and School Tours
Free guided tours for schools and organized groups may be reserved a minimum of two weeks in advance by calling (620) 273-8494 (hit 270).
The preserve does not allow camping or overnight parking. The nearest locations are five miles south on K-177 in Cottonwood Falls at Bates Grove Park and Swope Park. Call the Cottonwood Falls City Office at 620-273-6666 for more information or ask a ranger for directions.
Chase State Fishing Lake, administered by Kansas Department of Wildlife and Parks (3 miles west of Cottonwood Falls) provides a shelter house, fire rings and grills, picnic tables, and pit toilets for use by campers, picnickers, and anglers.
Council Grove Reservoir, administered by the U.S. Army Corps of Engineers (17 miles north of the preserve) provides camping, picnicking, fishing, and hunting opportunites. Call the Council Grove Lake Office at 620-767-5195 for more information.
Passes Not Sold at the Tallgrass Prairie National Preserve
While National Passes are not sold at the Preserve, they are sold nearby at these locations.
Last updated: May 25, 2023