Guided by geo-coordinates, we drove two hours northwest from Dodge City to arrive at Monument Rocks, Kansas. The final seven miles were dirt roads crossing privately owned grazing land, including driving among a herd of slow moving cattle.
“Monument Rocks (also Chalk Pyramids) are a series of large chalk formations in Gove County, Kansas, rich in fossils. It is a National Natural Landmark. It was the first landmark chosen by the US Department of the Interior as a national natural landmark. The chalk formations reach a height of up to 70 ft. and include formations such as buttes and arches. The carbonate deposits were laid down during the Cretaceous Period in what was then the Western Interior Seaway, splitting the continent of North America into two landmasses. They are estimated to have been formed 80 million years ago.” ~~ Wikipedia
Of course it’s been well documented in our travels that Maggie is a history buff, but little did we know she also thinks of herself as somewhat of a geologist. So she was especially excited by how these chalk formations came to be created and how old they are.
We enjoyed taking the time to investigate on foot and then found some shade at the foot of one of the formations to enjoy a picnic we’d packed.
These formations are small scale compared to formations further west, but it was good discovering Monument Rocks within driving distance. It will have to serve as an appetizer–whetting our appetites for later western/south-western travels…hopefully next year.