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Splendor of the

Emerald Hills

Cutting across central Kansas, the Flint Hills is home to the vast majority of the last remnants of an endangered ecosystem, the tallgrass prairie. Established millions of years ago after an inland sea, that once covered the landscape, receded. Leaving behind a hardy, calcium-rich grassland encrusted with limestone and shale. Travel the backroads to see (and photograph) some of the best sunsets in Kansas.

Black horse standing in green pasture

"The Flint Hills are an incredible, wonderful, almost magical place. There's no other place like it."  

Naturalist Jan Jantzen


commonly asked

Why are the Flint Hills important?

Once covering 170 million acres across the United States and Canada, the Tallgrass Prairie has become an endangered ecosystem. Today, only four percent of the prairie remains. The majority of which lays within the Flint Hills.

Where are the Flint Hills?

The Flint Hills cuts through central Kansas from its northen border in Marshall County, and dipping below into Oklahoma at ... County. The ecological area covers... counties from as far east in Shawnee County and to its western edge in Geary County.

How Did the Flint Hills get its name?

When U.S. Army Captain Zebulon Pike passed through this area in 1806, he wrote in his journal, "passed very ruf [sic] Flint Hills," putting a name to this unique region.

Why are the Flint Hills & prairie burned?

As the seasons transition from winter to spring (typically late February through early
April), farmers, ranchers and conservationist use prescribed burns as a way to ensure the tallgrass prairie remains healthy. Burning off overgrowth, allowing moisture and sunlight to enrich the soil. The fires also wards off the spread of invasive plants and trees, and helps prevent wildfires. 

Kansas Sunset in the Flint Hills
Sun setting over green hilly landscape


Five Hikes in 
the Flint Hills

Black horse standing in green pasture


Wild Mustangs

of the Flint Hills

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