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Come Experience the Kansas Flint Hills - Not what you think!

Updated on November 8, 2014

The Grassroots of America

Soaring and diving from hilltop to valley along one of the quiet country highways through the Flint Hills will quickly challenge your notions of prairie. Flat? Not here. Empty? Not if you look closely. The continent's largest remaining tract of tallgrass is also one of America's unique places, harboring a wealth of adventure, beauty, and history. The region's sweeping horizons and carpets of wildflowers captivate artists and enchant visitors.

Tallgrass Prairie National Preserve

The Tallgrass Prairie National Preserve sits in the center of the Kansas Flint Hills and represents the way things were before changed by man. Some of the those changes have been good, some not so good. Let's see if we can recognize the best balance for all - and share it with people from around the world.

Three-story stone barn on the grounds
Three-story stone barn on the grounds

The Tallgrass Prairie National Preserve

My photo of the barn on the day of special event I attended

This site was a working ranch for many years. It is now preserved through a public-private trust and many good Kansas Flint Hills supporters.

This three-story stone barn is a center of attention at the Preserve. Come see the exhibits, and enjoy the view from the barn.

The Kansas Flint Hills were featured in National Geographic article

Come see some magnificent photos and read the remarkable story about this distinctive landscape - that you didn't know was hidden away in east-central Kansas.

Horses on the prairie
Horses on the prairie

Horses on the prairie

A subtle approach works best on the tallgrass prairie

These are horses grazing on a ranch in the Kansas Flint Hills. The wind is always blowing the quiet is something many of us have never experienced like this before. Come give it a try.

Click on this photograph I took one day - to be taken to a number of articles written about the Kansas Flint Hills (some the links may be old, but the good ones make up for them...)

You will be surprised - one of the first is in the New York Times...

Links to some Kansas Flint Hills Blogs - The Flint Hills are an incredible, wonderful, almost magical place. There's no other place like it. - Naturalist Jan Ja

The blogs at these links, each tell the story of the Kansas Flint Hills in their own distinctive way.

Flying W Ranch
Flying W Ranch

Flying W Ranch

Honoring the Cowboy Traditions of the Tall grass Prairie, Kansas Flint Hills - Flying W Ranch

"Come experience the authentic cowboy lifestyle, complete with horseback riding, cattle round ups, wagon rides, prairie burns, wildflower walks, star gazing, fishing and hiking in the Kansas Flint Hills. The Flying W Ranch is located in the heart of the Flint Hills, America’s last tallgrass prairie, and is operated by fifth-generation Flint Hills ranchers Josh and Gwen Hoy. This 7,000 acre cattle ranch offers grand vistas, relaxation, and memorable experiences for all of its guests."

Double click on the photo to see all that the Flying W now has to offer their guests. When I took that photo, perhaps 2006 or so, they had a couple of bunk houses, catered chuck wagon meals, and ran a sizable ranch. Now there is so much more, for the whole region. Enjoy your visit.

Horses by the windmill
Horses by the windmill

Horses at Grandview Ranch

When I took this photo, Grandview Ranch provided guided interpretive horseback riding opportunities around the Flint HIlls. These are now provided by the Flying W Ranch operation. Click on this photo to go directly to the horseback riding options available.

Konza Prairie Long-Term Ecological Research (LTER) - Located near Manhattan, Kansas, part of Kansas State University

The Konza Prairie is a special part of the Kansas Flint Hills region.

Konza Prairie with buffalo in background
Konza Prairie with buffalo in background

Konza Prairie

Photo: Konza in spring with herd of bison in distance

Click on the photo, courtesy of Wikimedia Commons, to go to the Wikipedia information on the Konza Prairie, in the Kansas Flint Hills.


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