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White Mountain Petroglyphs, Rock Springs

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White Mountain is a long mountain located in central Sweetwater County, Wyoming, near the cities of Rock Springs and Green River. The mountain is part of the Green River Formation, and contains communications towers that serve a number of purposes. Hundreds of carved figures also dot the sandstone cliffs at the White Mountain Petroglyph site and range from 200 to 1000 years old. Pilot Butte, located on top of White Mountain, is accessible from roads on the mountain.GeologyLike its neighbor, Wilkins Peak, White Mountain is a member of the Green River Formation, a formation of the intermontane Lake Gosiute environment during the Eocene epoch. White Mountain is part of the Rock Springs Uplift, and some of the largest oil shale and trona beds in the region are located west of the mountain. White Mountain contains sediment from a subcategory of the Green River Formation, known as the Wilkins Peak Formation.The peak itself is 7623ft in elevation and is located 5.4mi from Rock Springs, Wyoming and 8.85mi from Green River, Wyoming.Communication usesWhite Mountain houses communication radio towers for a number of local and regional uses. A tower for the radio station K299AG broadcasts a religious radio format on 107.7 FM. Programming on the station comes from KCSP-FM. The local cable company, Sweetwater Television, owns the tallest tower, on the center of the mountain. This tower can be seen in the picture above. K28JU-D, the local PBS affiliate of KCWC-DT broadcasts from space on the tower as well, and as of August 2009, is the only television station broadcasting from White Mountain. Located next to that tower are transmitters used by the local BLM office, as well as a tower for cellular telephones, owned by Union Wireless.
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  • My father-in-law lives nearby and had always talked about showing me this area. It's a good little drive out in the middle of nowhere but very beautiful once you arrive. We climbed around for hours an...  more »
  • You're looking at ancient petroglyphs in a stunning setting. Catch them on a sunny, clear day with our deep blue skies and the contrast between buff sandstone, green junipers and blue sky is breathtak...  more »
  • I can't believe my husband and father followed my vague directions to drive into the desert, but I'm glad they did! It was a cool and foggy day in Oct. 2015 when we went, but the roads were still driv...  more »