Matfield Station

A place to connect to land, art, and community in the heart of the largest expanse of tallgrass prairie in the world.

When the Santa Fe extended track south from Bazaar in 1924 the property was developed as pens for transport of cattle by rail, a bunkhouse for ten workers, and a foreman’s house. Most of the forty-seven acres is never-tilled prairie.

While BNSF trains continue to traverse the site, active railroad use of Matfield Station ended in the 1960’s. Now Matfield Station is home base for visitors to relax and enjoy the beauty of the Flint Hills.

  • Stay in comfortable lodging in the restored bunkhouse.
  • Walk the PrairyArt Path — miles of prairie path with dramatic views of the Valley of the South Fork, and sculpture by Bill McBride and other prairie inspired artists.
  • Walk to Matfield Green, our small and welcoming ranching, farming, and arts community.
  • Explore the surroundings — open prairie and miles of gravel backroads, the Tallgrass Prairie National Preserve, and the nearby small towns Cottonwood Falls and Strong City.