Tallgrass Prairie Preserve, Pawhuska

The preserve is open every day from dawn to dusk with NO CHARGE for admittance and can be accessed via county roads. There are free ranging bison herds, scenic turnouts, hiking trails, picnic tables, breezeway information and public restrooms at the Historic Bunkhouse. The gift shop / visitor center is open from March through mid-November from 10:00am to 4:00pm. It is operated by docents, and is typically open every day.

Please observe the following guidelines when visiting:

- Stay on the trail. Don't collect plants, insects or other species or disturb soil, rocks, artifacts or scientific research markers.

- No dogs. Preserves harbor ground-nesting birds and other wildlife that are extremely sensitive to disturbance.

- No bicycles or motorized vehicles. Native plants and research sites are easily trampled.

- No hunting, camping or campfires.

- For groups of 10 or more, please contact us before visiting a preserve (a volunteer naturalist guide may be available).

- Please do not leave behind trash. Bring a bag and carry it out.

- Please report to us any problems you observe (e.g., camping, plant removal, hunting, off-road vehicle damage, etc).

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  • After a 2.5 mile hiking, suddenly discovered that a bison was running in full speed towards me, from a distance of 30 yards away. Ran like hell and finally was able to keep myself safe. Definitely.....  more »
  • A little piece of heaven if you enjoy Oklahoma history. We enjoyed the bison. I could visualize Native Americans finding across the prairie on horseback. Roads are gravel so drive slow.  more »
  • Beautiful vistas incredible area to drive or hike in to see and enjoy a very small piece of what used to be an almost endless tall grass prairie where the flora and fauna is what it was when our ancestors traveled west and saw the vast area and the enormous herds of buffalo that roamed here and yes you will see buffalo not in the numbers there were but they are here roaming free. (So be careful and don't get to close as they are feisty and will charge.) If you are in the area you should come see it or make a special trip if you want to see a piece of history. Here are a few photos from my phone I will add more later.
  • Stunning views and endless encounters. We took a slow ride through the whole drive at 15-20mph at the highest took about 1hr and another 30 minutes at the gift shop/ information center. The bison we mostly at a distance at first until we hit the "bison loop" here we sat on our truck and admired the herds of bison surround us. Amazing experience! We also saw coyote, deer, many birds, and various wildlife. A must see if your anywhere near the area.

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