“There’s nothing to do in Kansas!” You’ve probably heard tons of people say something of the sort as you mentioned the Wheat State. But if you’re here, chances are you’re interested in visiting the US’s most centrally-located state, and I have just what you need to spend one memorable day in Kansas with friends or family.
Monument Rocks, also known as chalk pyramids, are a unique collection of chalk formations located in western Kansas. It’s the perfect outing for families with children looking for a place to stretch their legs on a long road trip. We actually drove through Monument Rocks on our way from Oklahoma to Yellowstone National Park.
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It was the first National Natural Landmark of the United States in Kansas and one of the state’s 8 wonders. Rich in fossils, these Monument(al) Rocks are the result of receding waters of the Cretaceous Period. Though they may look small, these formations rise up to 50 feet high and stretch over 10 acres.
This national landmark is located in Gove County, 20 miles south of Oakley, KS off Highway 83. The exact GPS coordinates are N 38º 44.578′ W 100º 76.236.
The rock formations are situated on private property, but the owner graciously grants access to the public. Because you’ll be driving through the heart of farmland Kansas, you’ll pass a few cattle guards on the way. The unpaved roads were well maintained when we went, but recent precipitation may affect local road conditions.
Open 24 hours a day. We arrived late afternoon and enjoyed a gorgeous sun glow. Because of its location in deep, rural Kansas, Monument Rocks is also a class 2 on the Bortle scale, making it perfect for astrophotography!
This national landmark is entirely free – perfect for those on a budget! It has been kept under the radar so far, so you may even get the place entirely to yourself just as we did.
FOLLOW THE RULES!the landowner allows access to anyone who wishes to visit. to keep it this way, there are a few rules to follow when visiting monument rocks national landmark: No climbing, No fossil hunting, No camping, No horses, No littering, and No BBQ or campfires.
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