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Ranch Legacy Trail

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Length

2.0 Miles 3.2 Kilometers


Elevation

180' 55 m

Ascent

-3' -1 m

Descent

2%

Avg Grade (1°)

8%

Max Grade (4°)

1,412' 430 m

High

1,232' 375 m

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

Phillip Oyer

Overview

Features: Birding — Views — Wildflowers — Wildlife [Add/Remove]
Family Friendly: Historic 1800s ranch building tours and Junior Ranger activities.
Dogs: No Dogs

Need to Know [Suggest Changes]

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 [Suggest Changes]

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 [Suggest Changes]

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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