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Tallgrass Prairie Preserve

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Lots of Bison!

This was a very enjoyable visit. Be prepared for drive down a gravel road but it is worth the trip... read more

Reviewed 5 days ago
Family get away

Way off the beaten track. It was free and enjoyable. Lots of bison, crossing the road or just... read more

Reviewed 1 week ago
Tarpon Springs, Florida
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  • Excellent69%
  • Very good22%
  • Average7%
  • Poor2%
  • Terrible0%
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“bison”(81 reviews)
“visitor center”(22 reviews)
“gravel road”(12 reviews)
Suggested duration: 2-3 hours
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15316 County Road 4201, Pawhuska, OK 74056-2099
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Reviewed 5 days ago

This was a very enjoyable visit. Be prepared for drive down a gravel road but it is worth the trip. Once inside the preserve, you will experience large groups of bison right beside the road and crossing the road around you. Quite amazing to see...More

Date of experience: March 2019
Thank carrollm391
Reviewed 1 week ago via mobile

Way off the beaten track. It was free and enjoyable. Lots of bison, crossing the road or just resting in the grass. GPS is a bit wonky this far out in the boonies, so it’s easy to get turned around if not paying attention, like...More

Date of experience: March 2019
Thank jessicak756
Reviewed 1 week ago

We drove this, and it was wonderful. The buffalo (bison) walk within feet of your vehicle, being free roaming. I got some great photos, and we loved it. Would be even nicer when the grasses had greened up, and flowers are out.

Date of experience: March 2019
Thank Carol J
Reviewed 2 weeks ago

Want to see bison?? Then this is your place to visit! We saw multiple herds. The visitor area was staffed by very friendly and educated folks who were more than happy to greet us and share their knowledge about the preserve and it inhabitants. It...More

Date of experience: March 2019
Thank RockingT-Ranch
Reviewed 3 weeks ago

The Nature Conservancy's Joseph H. Williams Tall Grass Prairie Preserve is a natural marvel. The vast expanses of pristine prairie are breathtaking in any season. Spring and summer bring a wealth of native prairie wildflowers pollinated by butterflies and other insects, and spring is also...More

Date of experience: January 2019
1  Thank CAK47
Reviewed 3 weeks ago

We have visited Tallgrass Prairie several times. Prairie flowers, buffalo, and miles and miles of rolling hillsides. At the end of the preserve is a small gift shop and very knowledgeable staff who can answer any questions you may have about the preserve. Seeing buffalo...More

Date of experience: October 2018
Thank NecieMcK
Reviewed 5 weeks ago

One of the most memorable things we did while in Pawhuska was to drive the 17 miles to the Tallgrass Prairie Reserve. The preserve is open every day from dawn to dusk with no charge for admittance and can be accessed via county roads. It was...More

Date of experience: February 2019
4  Thank JenniferSikora
Reviewed 6 February 2019 via mobile

Made the drive through TPP. Outstanding views of many bachelor bison herds. Beautiful, powerful & graceful animals. White tail deer & Hawks. Spent time at visitors centre with extremely knowledgeable & nice Docents. They provided outstanding insights to important work going on at preserve. Picked...More

Date of experience: February 2019
1  Thank C4128BIkevins
Reviewed 26 January 2019 via mobile

We wanted to make sure to see “real Oklahoma” before heading home from our girls trip. We enjoyed our time driving through the preserve and seeing many bison, hawks, and deer. Beautiful views of the Oklahoma landscape.

Date of experience: January 2019
1  Thank Susan A
Reviewed 15 January 2019

Maybe it's because I'm a city girl, but you know you're in the country where the deer and the antelope play, when you take this 15 mile drive into the center of the Oklahoma universe. I haven't seen that expanse of country from a spot...More

Date of experience: January 2019
2  Thank gidgetgoesny17
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15 April 2018|
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Response from carleenstravel | Reviewed this property |
Dogs are ok. You do not get out of the car until you reach the museum/bathrooms/gift shop.
7 June 2017|
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Response from ShelleyA564 | Reviewed this property |
Pawhuska is 20 to 25 minutes away from the preserve. I personally think the drive to the preserve and through the preserve is beautiful and definitely worth the trip. The drive once you're there does make a loop but it... More