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Independence Rock State Historic Site

Open Now: 12:00 AM - 11:59 PM
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Significant stop on Oregon, California, Mormon, Pony Express trails.

This is on a rest stop SW of Casper, Wyoming so is very easy to visit. There is a walkway to the... read more

Reviewed 2 weeks ago
Grand Rapids, Michigan
Good for quick stop or longer hike

Stopped here on our way down to Colorado. Great for a quick rest break - plenty of interpretive... read more

Reviewed 2 weeks ago
United States
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Reviewed 2 weeks ago

This is on a rest stop SW of Casper, Wyoming so is very easy to visit. There is a walkway to the rock with signage. It is only six miles from Devils Gap, which is visible to the SW from here. Impressive rock, some people...More

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Reviewed 2 weeks ago

Stopped here on our way down to Colorado. Great for a quick rest break - plenty of interpretive signs - and more interesting for a hike out to and even around or upon the rock.

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Reviewed July 9, 2018

I am a history loving person and this absolutely is a must see there are names carved on here of people who have traveled past this rock as they travel down the Mormon California and Oregon trail. It puts These historical events in context And...More

Thank Penny Ann Q
Reviewed July 8, 2018

This granite rock was a landmark for the wagon trains and pioneers on their way west, Oregon, Utah or California etc. The Mormons used hand carts. Apart from giving them an idea of where they were it was used to leave messages on for those...More

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Reviewed June 23, 2018 via mobile

We stopped here briefly and hiked to the top to see the names. It was impressive to read the names from over the many years. It started raining while on top, which was refreshing, but a little slippery on the way down. Not treacherous, just...More

Thank szobell
Reviewed June 9, 2018

We stopped at the rest stop to see this attraction. Some ancestors passed here on their way west, one to California and one to Utah. Interesting and an easy hike. Nice informative plaques along the way.

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Reviewed May 2, 2018

Nice one-mile walk around to see the engravings and signatures. Most of the them were on the south side and on top. Hint: take the walk from the rest area in order to read the information signs. Also, take the path counter-clockwise to see the...More

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Reviewed January 16, 2018

We visited this huge rock on our Oregon Trail trip. It was really fun to climb; I did it in little kitten heels, which I wouldn't recommend. My 11-year old son was scared of the height but came around with a little cajoling and was...More

Thank Sarah S
Reviewed January 3, 2018

I think of all the early travelers who used this rock as a landmark to know they were on the right trail west. Some of them carved their names or initials in the rock. My daughter and I climbed up to the top and then...More

Thank magicdragon007
Reviewed September 21, 2017 via mobile

We stayed in Rawlins to visit Independence Rock. It was fulfilling to see the prairie pretty much as it was in the 1840s. I took photos of the wagon tracks goint toward this magnificient rock! We took our little dog the mile walk around the...More

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