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Mount Sunflower, Weskan

#360 of 526 in Things to do in Kansas
Landmark · Hidden Gem · Tourist Spot
Mount Sunflower, although not a true mountain, is the highest natural point in the U.S. state of Kansas. At 4,039 feet (1,231 m), it is 3,300 feet (1,010 m) above the state's topographic low point, which lies on the opposite side of the state. Located in Wallace County, it is less than half a mile (0.8 km) from the state border with Colorado and is close to the lowest point in Colorado.

Mount Sunflower is located on private land owned by Ed and Cindy Harold, who encourage visitors to the site. Amenities include a picnic table, a little free library, a sunflower sculpture made from railroad spikes, and a plaque on the site stating, "On this site in 1897, nothing happened." (As of 2015, however, this sign is missing, evidently stolen.) Additionally, there is a mailbox on site with a registration book inside where visitors can write their names, where they are from, and how many members are in their party.

Access is via county dirt roads to the edge of the property, then across a cattle guard and onto a private dirt road through a cattle grazing pasture to the summit.

The State of Kansas gradually increases in elevation from the east to the west. As such, "Mount" Sunflower, while the highest natural point in the state in terms of elevation, is virtually indistinguishable from the surrounding terrain.
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  • This may seem to be just another dusty cow pasture, but it is the bona fide "highest point in Kansas". It takes over a half-hour of driving over rural dirt roads to get close, and perhaps pushing...  more »
  • Everyone in Kansas must be the nicest people in the world! We were traveling while diving down Mount Sunflower and decided to take a break, we couldn’t believe how wonderful this beautiful State is...  more »
  • Offers a great view and is a small little treasure for the state. Our family enjoyed the visit and was a great start to our mountain trip!
  • We really enjoyed the Starbucks keurig micro station that's located on the picnic table. We've told all our friends and we'll definitely be coming back.

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