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Mount Sunflower, Weskan

#376 of 528 in Things to do in Kansas
Mount Sunflower, although not a true mountain, is the highest natural point in the 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 Colorado state border and 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, that sign is missing, evidently stolen. Additionally, there is a mailbox on site with a registration book inside where you can write your name, where you are from, and how many members are in your 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 point in the state in terms of elevation, is virtually indistinguishable from the surrounding terrain.
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  • 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 »
  • We had a great picnic on top of Kansas. Different than any other "highest point" you're likely to visit. Totally worth the trip and cool to find a Little Free Library on top.  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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