Great Plains

Range TypeMiscellaneous physical or political Feature
Highest PointFishers Peak (9627 ft/2934 m)
CountriesUnited States (62%), Canada (38%)
(numbers are approximate percentage of range area)
States/ProvincesTexas (18%), Alberta (17%), Saskatchewan (13%), Kansas (6%), South Dakota (6%), Nebraska (6%), North Dakota (6%), Montana (5%), Oklahoma (5%), Manitoba (4%), Colorado (3%), Northwest Territories (2%), New Mexico (2%), Louisiana (2%), Wyoming (2%), British Columbia (1%), Missouri (1%), Minnesota (1%)
(numbers are approximate percentage of range area)
Area1,279,014 sq mi / 3,312,646 sq km
Area may include lowland areas
Extent2,488 mi / 4,003 km North-South
1,731 mi / 2,786 km East-West
Center Lat/Long43° 51' N; 94° 38' W
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Map of Great Plains
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Other Ranges: To go to pages for other ranges either click on the map above, or on range names in the hierarchy snapshot below, which show the parent, siblings, and children of the Great Plains.
North America PlainsLevel 2 (Parent)
         Canadian ShieldLevel 3 (Sibling)
         Great PlainsLevel 3
                 Canadian Great PlainsLevel 4 (Child)
                 Northern US Great PlainsLevel 4 (Child)
                 Black HillsLevel 4 (Child)
                 Central Great PlainsLevel 4 (Child)
                 Southern Great PlainsLevel 4 (Child)
         Midwest-Great Lakes AreaLevel 3 (Sibling)
         Ozark HighlandsLevel 3 (Sibling)

Major Peaks of the Great Plains

Ten Highest Peaks
RankPeak NameftmRange4
1.Fishers Peak96272934Southern Great Plains
2.Fishers Peak Mesa96262934Southern Great Plains
3.Bartlett Mesa88822707Southern Great Plains
4.Laughlin Peak88182688Southern Great Plains
5.Sierra Grande87202658Southern Great Plains
6.Towndrow Peak86242629Southern Great Plains
7.Dale Mountain8480+2585+Southern Great Plains
8.Red Mountain84232567Southern Great Plains
9.Capulin Mountain81822494Southern Great Plains
10.Bald Mountain78812402Central Great Plains
Sub-peaks are excluded from this list. List may not be complete, since only summits in the PBC Database are included.
Child Range High Points
RankPeak NameftmRange4
1.Fishers Peak96272934Southern Great Plains
2.Bald Mountain78812402Central Great Plains
3.Harney Peak72422207Black Hills
4.West Butte69832128Canadian Great Plains
5.Red Benchmark54501661Northern US Great Plains

Photos of Peaks in the Great Plains

Mount Rushmore

Presidents George Washington, Thomas Jefferson, Theodore Roosevelt, and Abraham Lincoln (1989-05-11).
Panorama Point

A tiny monument marks the highest elevation in Nebraska, with endless plains stretching into the distance (1989-05-10).
Devils Tower

A very pleasant trail circles Devils Tower, providing nice views through the trees (1989-05-11).
Black Mesa

This beautiful granite monument atop the flat expanse of Black Mesa marks the highest spot in Oklahoma (1989-04-23).
Mount Sunflower

The high point of Kansas, Mount Sunflower, had these interesting sculptures decorating the summit (1989-04-24).
Castle Rock Butte
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Castle Rock Butte, looking west from the near the geographic center of the U.S.A.
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White Butte

White Butte, North Dakota rises above cattle grazing lands (1989-05-13).
Mount Scott

Mount Scott is a huge surprise, looking like a real mountain rising out of the middle of Oklahoma (1995-03-05).

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