Legend Rock Petroglyph Site

Legend Rock Petroglyph Site

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7:00 AM - 6:00 PM
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7:00 AM - 6:00 PM
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7:00 AM - 6:00 PM
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7:00 AM - 6:00 PM
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7:00 AM - 6:00 PM
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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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MissMem
Memphis, TN1,160 contributions
Jul 2020
At least 30 miles from Thermopolis, Legend Rock Petroglyph Site sits in the blazing sun. Be sure to wear hiking boots or covered shoes and bring water and your sense of adventure. It is said that some of the petroglyphs date back as long as 10,000 years. Because these amazing "glyphs" have been vandalized security cameras help protect the area. This is a very worthwhile adenture.
Written November 7, 2020
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Thomas C
Colorado Springs, CO74 contributions
May 2020 • Solo
The Thermopolis Visitors Center referred me to this site. It is way off the beaten path, with several miles of gravel roads off of 120 to get there. It took me about 31 minutes to get from there to Thermopolis. The visitor's center is closed (due to Coronavirus). It is a short hike to the petroglyphs- ancient and subtle carvings that look like graffiti. A narrow gravel trail leads off the main trail towards the petroglyphs. There are 15 numbered markers on the trail which indicate each known petroglyph setting.
Written May 29, 2020
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SDCooks
Spearfish, SD786 contributions
May 2021 • Couples
What an amazing site. It's fairly remote but it appears there may have been a road below in the past. Directions on the brochure and the GPS were correct and easy to follow (I don't have confidence in GPS in remote areas.) Roads are gravel but in good shape. The sheer number of carvings was surprising as was the condition the were in. Most were easy to spot. We tagged along behind a small school group and enjoyed the information provided by the docent. Easy walk on a gravel path, vast toilet at the small visitor center. Definitely an area to be aware of rattlesnakes.well worth the drive to view it.
Written May 19, 2021
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Kristy F
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Jun 2020 • Family
Located between Cody and Thermopolis, this rounded out my bucket list of seeing some genuine petroglyphs without going far out of the way. Very little walking was required. A map that correlated to the numbered markers was available in the trail register box (visitor center closed due to coronavirus). Be careful of livestock on the gravel road! A nice side trip while staying in Thermopolis!
Written June 30, 2020
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brw115
Lincolnton, NC207 contributions
Aug 2020
A little hard to get to but well worth the effort. This little visited site has some incredible Petroglyphs dating back thousands of years. Unfortunately some have been vandalized by sub-human creatures but they are still worth the trip!
Written August 17, 2020
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pasherry
United States1,021 contributions
Aug 2020 • Couples
You can get information about this site at the Thermopolis chamber of commerce. Located northwest of town on Hwy 120, turnoff is well marked. Once you make the turn, Legend Rock is 5 miles on an easy gravel road. The visitor center is closed, there is a pit toilet that was clean. While the loop to the site is easy and not far, wear sturdy shoes and if it is hot wear a hat and take water. The petroglyphs are easily seen and are numbered. It was nice to see very little vandalism. Impressive.
Written August 4, 2020
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Rockabird
Beach Park, IL161 contributions
Aug 2020 • Couples
The drive to this site seems like a trip to the most remote place on earth, but it is a treat to see. We were lucky that it was a cloudy day because there is no shade. The hike is easy and the petroglyphs are numbered. Some date back 11,000 years. When there, we met a couple of archeologists who were excavating a ancient creek bed. Very intriguing conversation. A must see.
Written August 13, 2020
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messier27
Fountain, CO222 contributions
Sep 2020 • Solo
A great representation of native American rock art. It's not the largest collection but still more than enough to make it worth the trip. The dirt road was fine on my trip. The only shame is some worthless people have ruined a few.
Written September 11, 2020
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SkipperTrippers
Newcastle upon Tyne, UK39 contributions
Tip: You have to get the keys to the gate entrance from the Visitor Center in Thermopolis.

The center is located across the street from the Hot Springs County High School and you will recognize it by the sign and the old TeePee Cone which still bubbles natural hot spring waters through a pipe in the top of it. Once you have your key signed out to you, you take the highway west of town to Meteetsee. Your map will be given to you which will guide you to the turn-off. Once you have turned off and unlocked the gate, you will drive a short distance on a dirt road to the site. It will be on your left. It is a rock escarpment that you must walk around to the other side to see the petroglyphs - ('petra'-rock, 'glyphs'-writing.) Most are of Anazazi type figures but there are also quite alot of animals depicted - thought to have been considered sacred to their ceremonies. As the Anazazis were probably extinguished by some great area catastrophe, no one seems to know their meanings. You will see good representations of deer, turtles, and even the artist's hands. (Significance of the hands speaks of their personal way of signing off their works of art).. as they had no formal written history-they gave their "John Hancock" as a handprint. Very novel and yet, sadly poignant that they had nothing written to follow them to explain their culture. There is about 100 feet or more of uplifted, sedimentary rock incised with ancient designs, animals and figures.

These are prehistoric glyphs, so please value them by ensuring their preservation. You may take photographs. Take care not to deface them. Remember, your names are registered with the Thermopolis authorities. If the rocks are destroyed or defaced in any way they will know who did it ! These match closely to the glyphs in the Moab/Hovenweep area in age..perhaps done somewhere around 8,000 years ago.

The site could be closed due to heavy amounts of snowfall. Take note of seasonal weather.

Who is this for? Anyone interested in Paleontology, Anthropology or Ancient Cultures of the North American continent. Great for families who want to explain prehistoric Indian civilizations to their children as most petroglyphs in America are difficult to get to or to be found. Great for homeschoolers who want to do "hands-on" studies.
Written July 7, 2009
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BikeFinger
Providence, RI218 contributions
This is the real deal: authentic archaeological artifacts, depicting beautiful, mysterious and even funny figures of men, elk, bison, and some other things that are hard to identify. Most of the art is thousands of years old, but there's also "R.H. 1908". There's also a colony of canyon swallows you can see fairly close. Have fun with your kids trying to identify the art. Bring water. Note that there is a paved gravel path that's fairly far from the artwork, which is wheelchair accessible, and a much closer-up dirt path that goes right up to the art.

And yes, you must pick up your key at the Thermopolis Hot Spring State Park visitor center, which is about a half-hour south of here.
Written July 5, 2010
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