Mount Sunflower

Mount Sunflower
Mount Sunflower

The "summit" of Mount Sunflower
Elevation 4,039 ft (1,231 m) [1]
Prominence 19 ft (6 m) [2]
Listing U.S. state high point
Mount Sunflower is located in Kansas
Mount Sunflower
Wallace County, Kansas, USA
Coordinates 39°01′19″N 102°02′14″W / 39.02194°N 102.03722°W / 39.02194; -102.03722Coordinates: 39°01′19″N 102°02′14″W / 39.02194°N 102.03722°W / 39.02194; -102.03722[1]
Topo map USGS Mount Sunflower
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Mount Sunflower is the highest natural point in the state of Kansas.[1] At 4,039 feet (1,231 m), it is 3,300 feet (1,010 m) above the state's topographic low point in Montgomery County in southeastern Kansas due to the gradual rise towards the Rocky Mountains to the west. Located in Wallace County, it is less than half a mile (0.8 km) from the Colorado state border and close to the lowest point in Colorado.

Mount Sunflower is located on private land owned by Mike and Rae Marie Jones, who encourage visitors to the site. Amenities include a picnic table, a sunflower sculpture made from railroad spikes, and a plaque that states "nothing happened here in 1897."

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 point in the state in terms of elevation, is indistinguishable from the surrounding terrain.


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