|Distance||0.1 miles roundtrip|
- Unique highpoint monument
- Endless prairie views
Mount Sunflower was my 15th state highpoint, and yet another drive-up "summit". Standing at 4,039 feet above sea level, this flat spot near the Colorado border is the third highest highpoint in the Midwest and higher than the Appalachian highpoints in Pennsylvania, Maryland, and South Carolina. A visit here confirms that highpointing is about more than climbing big mountains: it's about exploring unique parts of the U.S. and celebrating the diversity of landscapes contained in this country.
The most difficult part of the journey is the drive, though Mount Sunflower is more readily accessible than most highpoints given its relative closeness to a major city (Denver) and short distance from an interstate. After braving some dirt roads in the middle of nowhere, you'll know you've finally reached your destination when you see the entrance pictured below.
Mount Sunflower is located on private property and is a functioning cattle ranch. Please respect this place so people may continue to enjoy access. Keep your dog on leash and clean up after you leave.
Mount Sunflower is about 15 miles from Interstate 70. Note that the last part of the drive is on dirt and gravel roads which may be impassible after heavy rains but are certainly drivable by a small passenger sedan otherwise. Despite occassional signage on the backroads, using navigation in your car is the easiest way to find this little spot in the middle of nowhere.
From the West
Take the exit on Interstate 70 in Burlington, CO for U.S. Highway 385, then turn right. After 11 miles, turn left onto County Road G, the start of your adventure on dirt roads. Turn right at the T-intersection ahead, then turn left after a mile and a half. Turn right onto Road 3, then turn right again after about 6 miles. There should be a sign here pointing to Mount Sunflower. After another mile, you'll see the entrance for Mount Sunflower.
From the East:
Assuming you're coming from anywhere further east than Oakley, KS along Interstate 70, take the exit for U.S. Highway 40, and turn left. Continue for about 70 miles, then turn right onto Road 3, a dirt road that should be signed as the turn for Mount Sunflower. If you cross the border into Colorado, you've driven too far. Continue straight for about 11 miles, then turn left at the sign for Mount Sunflower. After another mile, you'll see the entrance for Mount Sunflower.
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Parking, Fees, and Facilities
Parking is free! There is a summit monument and register as well as a covered picnic table and Little Free Library.