“Close encounters with wild bison in Kansas’ only national preserve.
— Phillip Oyer
Birding · Views · Wildflowers · Wildlife
Need to Know
There are over 40 miles of trail in the park. Most of it is through active pasture, so your plans need to be fluid as the bison and cattle may decide to take the trails for themselves. There is no shade anywhere on this trail, so bring plenty of sun protection.
The Scenic Overlook Trail starts at the National Park Service visitor center and follows the road used for bus tours to the park’s scenic overlook. The tour road is a winding 3.6 miles through several pastures including the Windmill Pasture, home to the park’s herd of wild bison.
The bison may thwart your plans for an easy out-and-back run by parking themselves on the road forcing you on some “off trail” adventures to bypass the herd.
Flora & Fauna
The main highlight here is the bison but you'll also see cattle, birds, bees, and beetles. This is the Tallgrass Prairie National Preserve, so you'll definitely see some tallgrass prairie complete with wildflowers.