Earlier this fall, Matt and I took off to Colorado for about a week to celebrate his 26th birthday! We loaded up the 4runner, ready for some car camping and made our way to Colorado. The best thing about road trips are the fun, and often spontaneous, stops that you get to make along the way. The stop we made on the way out for this trip was Monument Rocks (also known as Chalk Pyramids) in the middle of Kansas!
I ran across information on this site while trying to find some more exciting things to see in Kansas instead of just passing through. During this search I saw Monument Rocks pop up over and over. I looked it up on Wikipedia and discovered that it was actually a National Monument. That was all I needed to know, personally, so we found it on Google Maps and made our way there.
Arriving just before sunrise we were able to the incredible show that the sky was putting on – the rocks are definitely monumental and just seem both out of place and a bit eerie popping up in the middle of the typical, flat cattle-land. We learned upon arriving and reading the sign there that these beautiful rocks are actually on private land and visitors are welcome from sun up to sun down, but camping is not allowed.
It was incredible to get to be at such a beautiful location and be totally and completely alone. We got to explore at our leisure. Although this isn’t a massive site, it is by far the coolest thing I’ve seen while in Kansas.
When I say it’s in the a cattle field I’m not being sarcastic. I took this picture standing in front of Monument Rocks but facing away from them.
All of the Monument Rocks from a distance. I just love nature!
Adventures with Matt are my favorite! Xx
Not only are they impressive from a distance, but getting up close adds to a totally different appeal to them. These Monument Rocks were formed by an ancient ocean that used to cover the plains. Therefore, these massive rocks are filled with fossils from that ancient ocean. How cool is that?!
How to Get There:
They’re near Oakley, KS, but for precise directions just plug your current location into the map below!
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Monument Rocks is definitely a beautiful spot. I highly recommend checking out their Facebook page for current information and rule changes. After visiting, I learned more from this page and it would have helped plan this stop.
Because road trips, especially through states that are notorious for being “monotonous” it’s nice to have legitimately awesome stops to break up the trip!
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