Register Cliffs, Guernsey
Categories: Geologic Formations, Nature & Parks
Register Cliff is a sandstone cliff and featured key navigational landmark prominently listed in the 19th century guidebooks about the Oregon Trail, and a place where many emigrants chiseled the names of their families on the soft stones of the cliff it was one of the key checkpoint landmarks for parties heading west along the Platte River valley west of Fort John, Wyoming which allowed travelers to verify they were on the correct path up to South Pass and not moving into impassable mountain terrainsgeographically, it is on the eastern ascent of the Continental divide leading upward out of the great plains in the east of the U.S. state of Wyoming. It is notable as a historic landmark for 'registering' hundreds of emigrants on the Oregon Trail (thus also the other northern Emigrant Trails that split off farther west such as the California Trail and Mormon Trail) who came to follow custom and inscribed their names on its rocks during the western migrations of the 19th century. An estimated 500,000 emigrants used these trails from 1843–1869, with up to one-tenth dying along the way, usually due to disease. Register Cliff is the easternmost of the three prominent emigrant "recording areas" located within Wyoming, the other two being Independence Rock and Names Hill.Our Guernsey travel itinerary planner makes visiting Register Cliffs and other Guernsey attractions simple, and helps you make a travel plan personal to you.
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It was interesting to read the dates and the names of the people that have traveled in this area, we did find some names from the mid 1800's. There is also more current signatures and dates, but we we... read more »
A great spot to check out in and should be combined with the Oregon Trail Ruts & Fort Laramie. Very cool to see all the names and try to imagine what it must be like. There has been a LOT of vandalism... read more »
We recently traveled through Wyoming and decided to check out the Register Cliffs. Our kids loved it! They enjoyed spotting older names and walking along the rocks looking for names they might recogni... read more »
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