Tallgrass Prairie


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Edna B
犹他州Providence75 条分享
if you are big on mountains or streams, this is not for you. If you love the prairie, go to see the bison, and have someone explain the difference between the green fields (which have been burned) and the brown ones, which have not been burned. Whoa it was fascinating!
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Chris H
Fenton, Missouri, Usa22 条分享
2018年3月 • 夫妻情侣
Wife and I were in Pawhuska and drove out to the preserve. Very pretty drive, and lots of bison. Visitors center was nice and informative - knowledgeable and dedicated docents.
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Kathy-Tony H
俄克拉何马州Broken Arrow5 条分享
2017年11月 • 夫妻情侣
This preserve is a hidden jewel.The road out there will keep some people away and that is good.Every Oklahoman should go at least once.It is like going back in time.
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俄克拉何马州穆尔2,659 条分享
2017年6月 • 夫妻情侣
Positives: No charge; nice scenery
Negatives: Limited parking in turnouts; unpredictable bison

The American plains are a place of amazing variety but you have to look close to see it! The best way to appreciate this variety is to experience these grasslands up close. Visiting the Tallgrass Prairie Preserve is a great way to just that!

Located in the interior of the largest county in Oklahoma, this preserve requires some effort to reach. It's not a place you'll stumble into while going down the highway.

You can enter the park from all four directions, but the smoothest access through Pawhuska on the south. Grandview Avenue, a paved street, leads to the preserve where it becomes gravel-covered County Road 4201. Prepare for lots of dust. Tourists share these roads with oilfield vehicles, ranch pickups, and utility trucks. Local drivers are often in a hurry but in our experience they're tolerant of tourists.

Widely spaced scenic turnouts allow you to stop for pictures or to admire the view. More often than not, you'll have to park briefly on the side of the road to take photos. You'll notice a lot of "private road" signs; please honor them as people do live in the area.

A visitor's center and support buildings sit near the center of the park. This complex offers clean restrooms, a few snacks, gifts (naturally), and picnic tables. (It also has a storm shelter, although I don't know how accessible it is.)

A couple of hiking trails of allow to get you even closer to nature if you want. Bring insect repellent: ticks are thick in this area.

The center is staffed during "business hours." (Restrooms remain open after hours.)

Attendants can answer many questions and share the latest bison sightings. They can also provide directions to side roads that lead to common grazing areas. This type of information is invaluable when looking for bison. We know from experience...

On our first visit in June, 2006, we were met by a lone bison bull at the south entrance. The visitor's center was closed so we were on our own. We drove the length of the preserve without seeing another mammal of any kind!

During our second visit in June, 2017, a lone bull again met us at the south entrance. We again drove miles without seeing other bison. (We did see some cattle.) But the visitor's center was open. We learned about the "Bison Loop" and heard where bison had been grazing a few hours earlier. This information led us to three groups spread across the hillside. Success!

The Bottom Line -

These grasslands are home to a remarkably wide array of plant and animal life. The Nature Conservancy and its partners are doing a good job maintaining this sometimes overlooked ecosystem.

The landscape is not entirely unchanged from past centuries. Gravel roads weren't present hundreds of years ago. A few pumpjacks, corrals, electrical transmission lines, and mobile phone towers dot the landscape.

To the southwest you can see wind turbines on the edge of the preserve. Obstructions are minimal, though, and you can certainly get an idea of the way it was long ago before settlers arrived.

Bison have always remained distant in this park. Hoof prints indicate they do come close to roads, but so far not while we're there. We've been a much closer to animals at other preserves (the Wichita Wildlife Refuge near Lawton and Custer State Park in South Dakota come to mind.)

As a photographer I'd like to capture a few photos of individual animals, but realize that although bison are an important part of the story, they are just some of the players in a larger production.

Hopefully we can our third visit won't be another eleven years in the making!

Final note: Traffic in the park was much heavier than in 2006. We saw over 30 vehicles during our stay. They bore plates from Oklahoma, Kansas, Texas, Missouri, Illinois, and Alabama.

At the visitor's center we heard park tourism has tripled since The Merchantile opened in Pawhuska. Increased awareness will probably benefit preservation efforts, but may come at a price.

The park shows few signs of human intervention, but we did see a styrofoam food container along the road and a scrap of plastic wrap near a scenic marker. Both probably arrived accidentally, but increased visitation will likely increase the amount of incidental debris.
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科罗拉多丹佛32 条分享
2017年4月 • 夫妻情侣
The grasslands are mesmerizing and we visited when the grass was young and short - we will return in September when the grass reaches 10 feet!
The bison herds are immense, stretching from horizon to horizon, like 2 centuries ago.
The Tall Grass Prairie HQ is a classic OK ranch house and the photographs show the bunkhouse history and pay tribute to the prize-winning cowboys who worked there in its heyday.
And the current collaboration between The Nature Conservancy and OSU mean cutting edge research for agriculture methods.
It's an inspirational place to visit.
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160 条分享
2017年3月 • 家庭
Un entorno idílico para caminar y ver bisontes. El paisaje es muy bonito en otoño. Es muy importante llevar agua.
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Kristina R
乔治亚St. Marys18 条分享
2017年3月 • 家庭
Visited mother in law in Oklahoma and wanted our girls to see wild bison(other than the zoo).Talk about a serene place . It's been a long time since all of us felt one with nature.
Drove around in there for a few hours.Stopped at the visitor/gift area.Wonderful people in there.The gentleman that worked there told us everything we wanted to know and answered all of our questions.Wonderful place, will definitely come back.We even saw a rainbow driving away from there.
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加拿大Grey County17 条分享
Kudos to the Natural Conservancy for preserving the tallgrass environment and giving us a chance to see the magnificent Bison in their natural habitat. With your car as protection you can get out and watch them. When they are close by it was fascinating to hear the Bison. Sometimes the sounds was snorts and grunts and at times it almost sounds like they are purring. You can also hear them pull the grass. When they are farther away they seem to flow across the prairie, calmly moving together. This was a good time of year to see the calves. If you also like birds this is a great place to visit. I saw my first Dickcissel.

We stayed in Pawhuska at the Grandview Inn Bed and breakfast which was also a good experience. We visited the preserve at end of day and then the next morning as well. We saw Bison on both visits.
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Lindi L
阿肯色州小石城96 条分享
2016年4月 • 独自旅游
This is a pretty cool place. I didn't stay long enough to do the trails, but I may go back to try them out. Whether you are an adult or a child, you'd enjoy this preserve. It is a little out of the way and is definitely in the middle of nowhere. I'd recommend making this trip at least half a day. Pack a lunch, do the drive in, go to the visitors center, do the trails, have lunch, and then finish it off with the loop for to see the bison. There are several places where you can pull off on the loop to take pictures. Do drive slowly, especially once you start seeing the bison, because people pull over/stop to take pictures. It would probably be a good idea to stay in the car to take pictures since bison can be unpredictable.

As I said, you could make at least half-a-day at the preserve. It would be a great way to spend a time to let kids see wildlife, learn a little about history and science, and get some exercise/break from traveling. It's definitely off the beaten path. Of course, if you are on a time limit, then I'd recommend doing the bison loop and the visitor's center. There are restrooms and vending machines. Well, I remember seeing drink machines, but I didn't go that way so I don't know about snacks. There are some snakcks in the visitor's center though.
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Melinda P
俄克拉何马州65 条分享
This is such a beautiful place to get lost in. Bison are scattered throughout the place, sometimes in the road or right next to it. We went in the Spring, so we saw baby bison. The flowers were beautiful and it is just a wonderful nature preserve.
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