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Ranch Legacy Trail

Easy/Intermediate

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2.0 mile 3.2 kilometer point to point
99% Runnable
Easy/Intermediate

Elevation

Ascent: 180' 55 m
Descent: -3' -1 m
High: 1,412' 430 m
Low: 1,232' 375 m

Grade

Avg Grade: 2% (1°)
Max Grade: 8% (4°)

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Close encounters with wild bison in Kansas’ only national preserve.

Phillip Oyer

Features 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.

Description

The Ranch Legacy Trail starts at a trailhead in the visitors center parking lot. It follows mowed grass paths and old ranch roads which are mostly dirt ruts. It is a one-way trail that connects to the Scenic Overlook Trail in the Windmill Pasture, home to the park’s bison herd. It also gives access to the Crusher Hill Loop and the Z Bar Spur which is a connector to the Fox Creek Trail.

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.

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Mowed ranch road ruts that make up most of the Ranch Legacy Trail.
May 21, 2018 near Cottonw…, KS
Bison crossing the road.
May 19, 2018 near Cottonw…, KS

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