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Legend Rock Petroglyph Site

Address: Near Hamilton Dome, Thermopolis, WY
Phone Number: 307/864-3765
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Ranked #3 of 14 Attractions in Thermopolis
Certificate of Excellence 2014
Type: Historic Sites, Scenic/ Historic Walking Areas, Cultural
Owner description: At Legend Rock Petroglyph site, visitors step back in time to A.D. 500-1700. Well-preserved...
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Type: Historic Sites, Scenic/ Historic Walking Areas, Cultural
Hours:
Sun - Sat 7:00 am - 6:00 pm
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.
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Riverton, Wyoming
1 review
1 helpful vote 1 helpful vote
1 of 5 stars Reviewed November 4, 2014

First of all you can't even find where it actually is. I went to Thermopolis for the HOT SPRINGS WATER (Star Plunge)! Then I had picked up the visitors guide and saw "Legend Rock" What a joke that was. I am even more shocked that "legend rock" is the #3 attraction!! HAHAHA Do not waste your time!!

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Redding, California
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1 of 5 stars Reviewed October 31, 2014

This was a drive to the middle of nowhere. The State should take notice on how other states manags their petroglyph sites to make it a worthwhile attraction.

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5 of 5 stars Reviewed October 2, 2014

A wonderful collection of petroglyphs dating back to ancient times that gave me a real sense of history. This is a precious resource that has already been defaced by some. There is a caretaker on site from Apr-end Sept, otherwise you must pick up a key in Thermopolis Visitor Center. Well worth a little detour!

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Kinnear
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28 reviews 28 reviews
14 attraction reviews
8 helpful votes 8 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed September 29, 2014

WOW, Impressive! Who would have thought this treasure would be right off a road that I have travel on frequently. Such a wonderful place, please don't do as I have and drive past, take the short drive off the highway and you will not be disappointed.

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Stillwater, Minnesota
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38 helpful votes 38 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed September 20, 2014

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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5 of 5 stars Reviewed September 19, 2014

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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5 of 5 stars Reviewed September 16, 2014

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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4 attraction reviews
13 helpful votes 13 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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