Contrary to those who think Kansas is a "flyover" state or who believe it is simply a boring, flat landscape on the way to Colorado, our state offers a diverse topography. Drive through the Flint Hills on a spring day and enjoy a rolling green carpet of native grasslands undulating over the gentle rises. Travel west of Medicine Lodge and experience the Gyp Hills, also known as the Red Hills, a nod to the iron oxide or rust in the red-tinged soil. They are the rolling hills, mesas, canyons and buttes of central Kansas.
The Kansas Master Farmer/Master Farm Homemaker group took a Discover Kansas trip to Scott County the final weekend of April. (More on that in this post.) But our hosts - Millie Dearden and Jim & Eilene Minnix - also included a trip to Monument Rocks. We traveled up US-83 and then bounced along gravel roads to the site in the middle of a pasture in western Gove County.
When the sea evaporated, it left behind fossilized sea organisms that became chalk deposits. Monument Rocks, as well as nearby Castle Rock, and numerous sandstone bluffs in the area are today collectively known as the “Badlands of Kansas.”
The site was first noted by explorers when John C. Fremont made his famous expeditions in the 1840’s. Later, when the Smoky Hill Trail was blazed through the area to the Colorado Gold fields in the 1860s, pioneers were also, no doubt, amazed by the towering formations sitting quietly on the mostly unbroken plains.
From the Legends of America website