We invite you to come experience the
Tallgrass Prairie and our Cowboy Culture
here in the heart of the Flint Hills.
Gwen, Josh and Josie Hoy

2017 Flames in the Flint Hills

We have scheduled our next Flames in the Flint Hills Event for Saturday, April 8, 2017. The rain-out date is April 15, 2017. 

Come join us for a great dinner, entertainment, and the annual burning of the Flint Hills. Complete the "Book Now" process, give us a call or send us an email to reserve your spot. If you are interested in giving tickets for the Flames in the Flint Hills Event as a gift, you can purchase them in the "Gift Certificate" section. We look forward to hearing from you. Thanks Josh and Gwen Hoy.

New Options

We have added a new "Spark" option for the Friday evening before and an "Embers" option for the Sunday morning after for guests staying in the area over the weekend. More information is provided at the bottom of this page.


Additional information about the Flames

Flames in the Flint Hills with Jim HoyHere is some basic information so you can get your plans started.  

Date/Time: Saturday, April 8, 2017, 12:00 - 9:30pm (rain-out date: Saturday, April 15, 2017)

Location: A 7,000 acre working cattle and guest ranch near Clements, KS; just off of Highway 50.  See our Maps & Directions page for directions.

Price: $110 per person including:

  • Fabulous Dinner
  • Great music by Tallgrass Express
  • Horse drawn wagon rides
  • Horseback rides (additional $25 charge)
  • Hands-on participation in lighting and managing a prairie fire (one day burn and one night burn)
  • Spectacular photo opportunities
  • Fascinating information about the Flint Hills and prairie burning

The Schedule

  • 12:00 - Arrival (or anytime in the afternoon).  Enjoy orientation, snacks, drinks, horse drawn wagon ride, horseback riding (additional fee), educational speakers, and some time to relax.
  • 4:00 - Speakers
  • 5:00 - Daytime Burn
  • 6:00 - Dinner
  • 7:00 - Music by Tallgrass Express
  • 8:00 - Nighttime Burn
  • 9:00 - Campfire Concert
Your Hosts

Josh, Gwen and Josie Hoy of the Flying W Ranch have been hosting this event for the past 7 years.

Things to Bring

Items to bring with you include: a camera; rugged outdoor all-weather all-temperature clothes, gloves, and closed toed shoes; garden rake (not leaf rake) if you wish to drag fire; flashlight (for evening burn) and a sense of adventure. Matches will be provided.


Learn more about our options on our Lodging page and contact Gwen directly to make reservations at 620-340-2802, or email gwen@flinthillsflyingw.com.

For information on other lodging, contact the Chase County (Cottonwood Falls/Strong City) Chamber @ 620-273-8469 or www.chasecountychamber.org.

Book the Event

To reserve your spot at the event select the "Book Now" option on this page OR email us at gwen@flinthillsflyingw.com OR call us at 620-340-2802.


"Spark" in the Flint Hills

Come join us the evening before the Flames in the Flint Hills for a picnic supper, history and songs by Jim Hoy.

Date: Friday, April 7th
Price: $20/pp.
Time: 6pm
Location: Flying W Ranch

Supper is provided by the Flying W Ranch and will be served at 6:00pm.  Jim Hoy will talk about the history of fire in the Tallgrass Prairie, and ranching and cowboy Culture of the Flint Hills.

The menu will include:

  • Flying W Meatloaf
  • Dutch oven Potatoes
  • Spinach Salad straight from the Garden
  • Stewed Tomatoes
  • Vegetable
  • Homemade Pie

"Embers" in the Flint Hills

Come back and see the results of the Flames. Guests can join us for breakfast and are welcome to walk through the recently burned prairie.

Date: Sunday, April 9th
Price: $15/pp.
Time: 8:30am
Location: Flying W Ranch

Breakfast provided by the Flying W Ranch at 8:30am and will include:

  • Home Raised Pork
  • Farm Fresh Eggs
  • Fruit Salad
  • Buttermilk Biscuits and Honey
  • Cowboy Coffee from the Campfire

Combo Package

Book all three events - Spark, Flames, and Embers - for $130 (a 10% discount)


Note: You may want to confirm your accommodations before booking the combination package.  Available accommodations fill up fast.

Refund Policy

If you must cancel your registration, please call 620-340-2802, or email gwen@flinthillsflyingw.com. Full refund (less $15 processing fee) if request received by 5pm on March 8th. After that date, refunds are not available. No refunds for registered participants who do not attend but did not request a refund by the cancellation deadline. In the event that we must postpone Flames in the Flint Hills, due to inclement weather on both April 8th AND April 15th, your reservation will be refunded or rolled over to the 2018 Flames Event.

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