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Register to Backcountry Camp at Prairie State Park

Contact Information

Park office number: 417-843-6711
Emergency number: 911

Camping is limited to one designated site along Coyote Trail. The camp site is within the bison grazing unit. Though it’s unlikely the bison will use the area while you are there, it is possible. If bison approach the campsite, make your presence known while avoiding sudden movements. Keep your distance – 100 yards is recommended.

Backpackers must register before starting their trip. Camping is free, but registration is required.

  • The maximum group size at the campsite is seven.
  • Campfires are prohibited at the backpacking camping site and anywhere in the park except for the designated fire rings. Stoves must be used for cooking.
  • Cutting implements such as saws and hatchets are not allowed on the trail.
  • Permitted camping is only allowed for backpackers at the designated site. Checkout time is 2 p.m. on the day of departure.

Overnight parking for hikers is allowed at the main trailhead. Trailhead location: 37.53117, -94.57422.