Trail

Coyote Trail, Prairie State Park, Missouri

Kansas City, MO
Length: 3.20 mi.
Type: Out & Back

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ACTIVITIES: Hiking, animal viewing

LENGTH OF HIKE: 3.2 miles

OUT AND BACK OR LOOP: Out and back

DIFFICULTY OF TERRAIN: Easy

PARKING FEE/PASS: No

TOILETS: Yes

CHANGING TABLE: No

NURSING BENCHES: Yes

DOGS ALLOWED: No

CELL RECEPTION: Spotty

DRINKING WATER AVAILABLE: Yes

POTENTIAL CHILD OR BABY HAZARDS: Ticks, herd animals

GEAR SUGGESTIONS: Water

This adventure is just under 2 hours from Kansas City, making it a perfect day excursion. Stop in the park center to ask the rangers what trail to catch the best glimpse of the bison (and grab an awesome free bison sticker!). Bring your binoculars and watch out for the bison patties on trail!

Explore the beauty and tranquility of the last remaining tallgrass, a species of prairie grass that was cut down by settlers farming in the 1800s. The grass has been replanted in this park, and it offers the best example of tallgrass in Missouri; however, this is still only 1 percent of what it used to be in the state. Some things to be aware of as you venture through are ticks, herd animals, and note that some trails go through electric livestock fencing. You can almost be guaranteed to see bison, elk, and coyotes.

Consider checking with the rangers upon arrival for the trail with the best bison viewing. Call ahead to make sure the herds are out and roaming. Spring and fall are personal favorites and is also when you get the gorgeous weather.

Prairie State Park hosts a monthly bison hike if you want a ranger’s lead the
first time you go. Check out their calendar for child-centered activities as well. The park rangers will know the best trails to venture on to see the herds, so make sure to stop and ask. This will also get you free park stickers.

If you have a good little walker, consider doing the Coyote Trail (3.2 miles) over the Gayfeather, and get a good walk through the park. There are a number of easy trails in this park, but the biggest thrill for your little one will be bison viewing.

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Trail Features

Seasons Fall and Spring
Surface type Dirt
Stroller friendly No
ADA accessible No
Water fountains Yes
Bathrooms Yes
Cell reception Spotty
Pet friendly No
Nearby convenience store No
Camping Nearby No
Emergency support
within 5 miles
No

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Ranger Led Hikes and Wildlife Viewing

Trail Contributor

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New to Houston, Texas area. Originally from California and have worked at a couple National Parks. I love to hike and now it is all about getting my two young girls out on the trail too.

 

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