Mushroom Rock State Park

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Mushroom Rock
Pedestal formed by nonuniform weathering
Map showing the location of Mushroom Rock
Map showing the location of Mushroom Rock
Location of Mushroom Rock State Park in Ellsworth County, KansasMap showing location of park
LocationCarneiro and Ellsworth, Kansas, Ellsworth County, Kansas, Smoky Hills, Kansas, United States
Coordinates38°43′33″N 98°01′50″W / 38.72583°N 98.03056°W / 38.72583; -98.03056Coordinates: 38°43′33″N 98°01′50″W / 38.72583°N 98.03056°W / 38.72583; -98.03056
Elevation488 m (1,601 ft)
Established25 April 1965
OperatorKansas Department of Wildlife, Parks and Tourism
WebsiteKDWP Website

Mushroom Rock State Park, located in the Smoky Hills region of north-central Kansas, is noted for its mushroom rock formations. These mushroom rocks are an example of hoodoos, formed through a process of nonuniform erosion and weathering in which a hard mass of Dakota Sandstone capstone resisted erosion while the underlying softer stone weathered away. There are two mushrooms and a giant shoe rock, as well as numerous other rock formations in the 5-acre (2.0 ha) park.

Mushroom Rock State Park is managed by Kanopolis State Park, [1] under regulation of Kansas Department of Wildlife, Parks and Tourism.


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Other rock formations in Kansas:


  1. ^ "Kanopolis State Park". Kansas Department of Wildlife, Parks, and Tourism. Retrieved 16 January 2018.
  2. ^ Darton, N.H. 1916. Guidebook of the Western United States: Part C - The Santa Fe Route, with a Side Trip to Grand Canyon of the Colorado. U.S. Geological Survey. Bulletin 613, 194 pp. (See Plate 3-A)

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