Legend Rock Petroglyph Site, Thermopolis

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Legend Rock Petroglyph Site is located in Hot Springs County, Wyoming, 20 miles northwest of Hot Springs State Park (which is located in Thermopolis, Wyoming). Legend Rock is a petroglyph site which features hundreds of individual petroglyphs spread across the face of the rock. Although a handful of the rock's etchings have variously been eroded and defaced, a wide majority have been preserved for public viewing. The nearly 300 individual petroglyphs feature some of the oldest and best examples of Dinwoody rock art in the world. The origins of the petroglyphs are still subject to debate. The site was listed on the National Register of Historic Places on July 5, 1973. and it is preserved by the state of Wyoming as a state historic site.
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  • This site is truly in the middle of nowhere. However, it is worthwhile. I have traveled to many places and never saw anything like this in my life. It is amazing that it is open to the public and is f...  more »
  • Rock legend deserves to be presented something. Because it is unique and almost no tourists known (what is possibly just as well) who cares for the archaeology is an absolute highlight legend rock petroglyph site, Wyoming legend rock is one of the oldest and best examples of Dinwoody tradition. There are almost 300 petroglyphs that were cut for several thousand years in the stone. These drawings are really fascinating. Exactly when they were made and by the who just don't know one hundred percent and will probably also never out to get it. Who wants to visit the facility, legend rock is located approximately 30 miles northwest of Thermopolis and is easy to reach with a Mietfahreug.
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  • We are so glad that we went here. It is not huge, and is an easy walk to the petroglyphs. Take your time to read a bit about it and absorb the history.  more »
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  • We saw this on Ancient Aliens and we had to see it in person, it was very cool, we drove out to the middle of nowhere, it’s hard to believe ancient people lived out there because there is nothing for miles. By the way, I also saw a rattlesnake so be very careful.
  • Make sure to get a pamphlet at the trailhead. It explains a lot about the petroglyphs. The trail takes about 20 min to complete; it's about a quarter mile long or less. There is a river on the other side of the trail, but I didn't find a trail down to it, and I didn't want to blaze one.
  • Nice walk with really cool Native American Petroglyphs! It's very quiet and secluded. Wear appropriate footwear as the area does have rattlesnakes.
  • Good petroglyphs in a rather remote place. Gravel road there is in good condition. Be careful. Treat this place right. Do not touch the art!
  • Although I tend to find petroglyphs pretty creepy looking most of the time, this was a really enjoyable visit! The history of the petroglyphs is so cool, and there are 360-degree views, including a little bit of the Rockies! Good for a short walk and to learn a bit about our shared human history!

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