We looked at the webpage early and realized, we had to get a move on to arrive in time for their bus tour, so we drove, like the wind arriving with 5 minutes to spare, only to be told they did not have enough staff that day for the bus tour. In fact, the ranger expressed concern that funding was dwindling and the preserve did not get that many visitors (hello, we are in Kansas). We opted not to wait for the later bus tour but did the walking tour on our own.
This is a joint venture between the Nature Conservancy and the National Park Service with the total area covering over 10,000 acres. Part of the national preserve includes an 1881 ranch house, three story barn, and other various outbuildings. Including a three person outhouse. Doodle and I enjoyed our visit to the area and talking with the volunteer in the house. He was the one that told us how to tell if an area has been overgrazed and the different types of grass found on the prairie. This is a definite visit, we need to support this new preserve to ensure it is available for generations to come.
This is what you see in Kansas, miles and miles of it. It was beautiful and haunting to think of the people that traveled in wagons.