Tallgrass Prairie Preserve

Tallgrass Prairie Preserve17 miles N of town
Pawhuska, OK 74056

Phone: 918-287-4803
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The Tallgrass Prairie Preserve near Pawhuska, Oklahoma is the largest protected area of tallgrass prairie on Earth, spanning 39,000 acres. The tallgrass prairie is a complex environment harboring a rich diversity of plants and animals. The current 39,000-acre expanse began with an initial purchase of the historic Barnard Ranch of 29,000 acres in 1989 and is now managed by the Nature Conservancy to be enjoyed as a scenic drive.

This scenic route on public county roads takes visitors through the heart of the Tallgrass Prairie Preserve and through adjacent private ranches. Starting and ending in Pawhuska, the complete drive is approximately 50 miles, and takes about two hours at a leisurely pace with time for stopping.

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  • Facility Amenities: Credit Cards Accepted, Gift Shop, Picnic Area, Restrooms

  • General Information: Free admission

  • Group Amenities: Bus/Motorcoach Parking

  • On-site Activities: Hiking

  • Tour Information: Self-guided tours

Day

Open

Close

Sunday

10:00 am

4:00 pm

Monday

10:00 am

4:00 pm

Tuesday

10:00 am

4:00 pm

Wednesday

10:00 am

4:00 pm

Thursday

10:00 am

4:00 pm

Friday

10:00 am

4:00 pm

Saturday

10:00 am

4:00 pm

Preserve is open dawn to dusk; gift shop and visitor center open Mar thru mid-Nov hrs shown above (volunteer staffed).

From Hwy 60 junction in downtown Pawhuska, drive N on Kihekah Ave approx 17 miles. This road becomes the Tallgrass Prairie Preserve Dr.

Primary Contact:

Harvey Payne




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From TravelOK.com Staff on 04/04/2014

Debbie, please give the Tallgrass Prairie Preserve a call at 918-287-4803, and they will be able to answer any questions you might have. Best wishes and thanks for using TravelOK.com!


From Debbie on 04/04/2014

When is the best time to catch the wild flowers in bloom on the prairie and baby buffalo? Any special tours available or recommended for nature photographers?


 
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