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Legend Rock Petroglyph Site

Near Hamilton Dome, Thermopolis, WY
307/864-3765
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Ranked #2 of 13 Attractions in Thermopolis
Certificate of Excellence 2014
Type: Scenic/ Historic Walking Areas, Historic Sites
Owner description: At Legend Rock Petroglyph site, visitors step back in time to A.D. 500-1700. Well-preserved prehistoric and American Indian etchings of animals and... more » Owner description: At Legend Rock Petroglyph site, visitors step back in time to A.D. 500-1700. Well-preserved prehistoric and American Indian etchings of animals and humans are located along Cottonwood Creek. The site is maintained by agents of Hot Springs State Park. « less
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Stillwater, Minnesota
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78 reviews 78 reviews
32 attraction reviews
31 helpful votes 31 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed September 20, 2014 NEW

If you're in Thermopolis, take 2 hours to visit this amazing place. Stop first at the Thermopolis Visitor Center to get a map with directions and key to the site's security gate if you're visiting Oct. - Apr. A scenic 30 minute drive through Big Horn Basin's expansive vistas will bring you to Legend Rock. Be sure to visit the... More

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Houston, Texas
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25 attraction reviews
40 helpful votes 40 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed September 19, 2014 NEW

The gates are open through September. A Map obtained from the visitor center in Thermopolis was helpful in navigating the dusty roads. The key things that distinguish this site from other petroglyph sites are the abundance of petroglyphs coupled with the openness of the site. In some cases it is possible to walk right up to the cliffs containing the... More

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Jackson, Wyoming
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9 helpful votes 9 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed September 16, 2014 NEW

The Legend Rock petroglyphs are pretty well preserved. The easy trail leads from the visitor center to about 16 stations where you can see the carvings fairly close-up. Covered picnic area & restrooms are also at the visitor center. The area is far out from Thermopolis & easy to find w signs. Ask for directions & map at Thermopolis visitor... More

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Nevis, Minnesota
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed September 10, 2014

Worth the drive! Neat stop to see unique history. A short easy hike to see original petroglyphs in a natural setting. Unguided so you can go at own pace. Our 4 year olds liked finding each marked spot on the "treasure map" The handout was very informative and helped us to understand what we were looking at and possible meanings.... More

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Buffalo NY
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7 helpful votes 7 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed September 9, 2014

My first experience with the petroglyphs was as a youngster in the late 1950's. This was long before any real scientific study ever occurred there. Fast forward to this July when I had an opportunity to take my New York City grandson to visit. Such a change! A small visitor center hosts diorama, photos and information. The attendant was extremely... More

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1 of 5 stars Reviewed September 3, 2014

This was a total waste of time. Had to get keys from bath house from rude older lady who said she has worked there for 20 years. 30 plus min drive from thermopolis . as soon as we arrived were attacked by horse flies and deer flies .. Drawing were ok Will not go back.

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Nashville, Tennessee
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed August 24, 2014

The drive is approximately 21-22 miles north of Thermopolis, but it's definitely worth the drive. It is also a very short walk to the petroglyphs. You will see 15 different stations of petros. To think that someone did those up to 11,000 years ago. Our group of 4 people were the only ones there. It was so peaceful. A must... More

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4 of 5 stars Reviewed August 23, 2014

If you ever wanted to explore a place that has millions of fossils,you must plan to spend a day at this place! We were enthralled with the entire experience. Great staff, very helpful!!

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Pensacola
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed July 31, 2014

We are petroglyph fans, so we were super thrilled to visit Legend Rock. The info. building was open, and B.J.,the caretaker, was exceptionally informative and genuine. She even let us use her own personal supply of bug spray to ward off the deer flies! The site has a certain church-like reverence feel to it--very moving. Be sure and drop a... More

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Denver
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26 helpful votes 26 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed July 29, 2014

Legend Rock Petroglyph was a very nice side trip. They have pretty good signs to follow so with a little map checking and a eye for the signs, you should be able to find it quite easily. The site is staffed during the summer months and, as others mention, you don't need a key, but check before you go out.... More

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