Tallgrass Prairie Preserve
Pawhuska, OK 74056
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 was purchased from private ownership 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.
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
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.
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