Mount Sunflower


Mount Sunflower

Mount Sunflower, standing at 4,039 feet above sea level, is the highest point in Kansas. Despite its name, Kansas is not mountainous, and Mount Sunflower is more of a gentle rise than a dramatic peak. Located in extreme western Kansas near the Colorado border in Wallace County, this high point offers a pleasant view and an intriguing visit. The summit area features an outsider art shrine created by Ed and Cindy Harold, the ranchers who own the land. They have adorned the site with a tall sunflower sculpture made from railroad spikes and a whimsical plaque that reads, "Nothing happened here in 1897."

Access Point

Navigate to Weskan, KS 67762.

From the East (via I-70): Take Exit 17 in Goodland, Kansas, and head south on Route 27. After 17 miles, look for a sign directing you to Mount Sunflower. Turn right onto a dirt road and continue for about 15 miles until you see another sign. From there, follow the road for six more miles until you reach the final dirt road with a sign indicating "1 mile to Mt. Sunflower." Park at the base of the hill leading to the summit.

From the West (via I-70): Take Exit 1 just after crossing from Colorado into Kansas. Head south on County Road 3 for approximately 22 miles until you see the sign for Mount Sunflower.

Recommended Route

Follow the Mount Sunflower Trail.

From the base of the hill, it's a short half-mile walk to the summit marker, featuring a metal sunflower sculpture and a summit register where visitors can sign in. The gentle rise makes it an easy and accessible walk.


No permits are required to visit Mount Sunflower. Drive to the location, park on the dirt road, and hike the last half mile to the summit. As the highpoint is private, please respect the property, leave no trash, and minimize disturbances.

Lodging & Camping

While there are no camping facilities directly at Mount Sunflower, there are several options in the nearby areas. Goodland, Kansas, offers a variety of lodging options, including hotels and motels. For those looking to camp, the surrounding countryside and state parks provide camping facilities with beautiful views and ample amenities.


What is the best time of year to visit Mount Sunflower?

Mount Sunflower is open year-round. However, spring and fall offer the most pleasant weather, making it an ideal time for a visit.

Can I bring my dog to Mount Sunflower?

Yes, you can bring your dog, but please keep them on a leash and clean up after them to maintain the site's cleanliness.

Are there restroom facilities at Mount Sunflower?

No, there are no restroom facilities at Mount Sunflower. Plan accordingly before your visit.

Is camping allowed at Mount Sunflower?

No, camping is not allowed directly at Mount Sunflower. Nearby areas such as Goodland offer lodging options, and state parks in the region provide camping facilities.

How long is the hike to the summit?

The hike from the base of the hill to the summit marker is approximately half a mile and is an easy walk.