Due to the unique and rare diversity of life preserved at Prairie State Park, pets are not allowed on park trails. A bison herd of more than 100 head freely graze the park, and this regulation protects both you and your pet. You are welcome to bring your pet to the park’s campground and picnic area, but must follow Missouri State Park’s pet rules, available here. This applies to all types of pets except service animals assisting people with disabilities.
All trails in Prairie State Park will be closed daily from 4 p.m. to 9 a.m. through April 30, 2014. These temporary closures aid in the protection of the greater prairie chicken.