|Distance||0.8 miles roundtrip|
- Stonehenge-like Niobrara chalk formations
- Peace and quiet in the wide, open prairie
One of the most interesting sights in Kansas are the Monument Rocks, a Niobrara chalk formation rising up to 70 feet above the surrounding desolate plains. If you're ever driving across Kansas on Interstate 70, take this detour onto some lonely back roads for a fun adventure! You'll be rewarded with the treasures pictured below.Eight Wonders of Kansas by the Kansas Sampler Foundation -- the only geologic landmark on the list.
It is advisable to keep dogs on leash since the rocks are surrounded by active cattle ranches. Anyone of any age or ability level can visit here at any time of the year. Note that the Monument Rocks are closed after sunset, and weather conditions may make the drive difficult or impassible. The rocks are soft and brittle, so avoid climbing them! Since the rocks are in the middle of nowhere, you're unlikely to see anyone here.
From Interstate 70 in Western Kansas, take the exit for U.S. Highway 83, then head south. Follow signs to stay on U.S. Highway 83 through Oakley, turning left then turning right. Watch for a sign for Monument Rocks, then turn left onto a dirt road. A sedan can drive on these roads just fine in good conditions, but rain and mud may make the drive more difficult. When the dirt road ends at a T-intersection, turn right. Follow the road as it makes 90 degree turns, and you should see the rocks in the distance on the right -- it's so flat and empty out here, they should stick out on the horizon. Park next to the rocks.
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Parking, Fees, and Facilities
Parking is free! There are no facilities here.