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Legend Rock Petroglyph Site

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Address: Near Hamilton Dome, Thermopolis, WY
Phone Number: 307/864-3765
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At Legend Rock Petroglyph site, visitors step back in time to A.D....

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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Great petroglyphs

It's a little hard to find, you have to keep your eyes open on WY120 to find the signs and the gravel road might be rough but it is worth the trip. There are 15 major groups of... read more

5 of 5 starsReviewed 1 week ago
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Wichita, Kansas
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Wichita, Kansas
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed 1 week ago

It's a little hard to find, you have to keep your eyes open on WY120 to find the signs and the gravel road might be rough but it is worth the trip. There are 15 major groups of petroglyphs, that could date back thousands of years. The walk through the area is easy for most people, the steps at the... More 

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Seattle, Washington
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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 12 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed 3 weeks ago via mobile

This was a great side trip. It is free, and when else in your life will you be able to see anything from 11,000 years ago? Our 5 yr old son loved it. It is great that this site has been preserved...but sad that there was old graffiti on the rock face. The lady who lives out there during the... More 

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1 Thank Appahowa
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed 4 weeks ago via mobile

Great place. Lucked out and was able to tour with the assistant superintendent. Very informative. Tour cost is a donation. Only bad thing was seeing the vandalism by ignorant people. The drive out from Thermopolis and tour can be completed in two hours.

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Santa Fe, New Mexico
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed 4 weeks ago via mobile

Between Meeteesee and Thermopolis south on Route 120 you will find a brown sign that says Legend Rock Petroglyph site. (You can pass it if you are going fast down the road). It might say West Cottonwood Road on a GPS (or not) go down dirt road for about 5 miles, and you'll find another sign, which is Cottonwood Creek... More 

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Vancouver, Washington
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed 5 weeks ago

Legend rock is one of the premier rock art sites in Wyoming...maybe the world! The state park holds hundreds of ancient carved images. Anyone interested in archaeology or history should make a point of visiting if in the general area...you won't be disappointed!

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Florence, Arizona
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1 of 5 stars Reviewed June 7, 2016

We were there early last August 2015 and found the place, but it was locked. Didn't see anyone around. Disappointed. We were driving through back home to Arizona from a trip to Cody and didn't have time to try to locate anyone back in Thermopolis.

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Spring Mills, Pennsylvania
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed May 30, 2016

This location has no cell phone coverage and is miles from the main roads. BUT it is worth every effort to get there. From May until the end of the season, a volunteer resides in an RV at the site. The lady who greeted us was very friendly and knowledgeable. The hike is less than 2 miles with a great... More 

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3 of 5 stars Reviewed April 16, 2016

Although this was interesting to go to, there is nothing there to see but a large section of rock with carvings. I'm a history buff too and the visit took over an hour to get there and 15 mins to see up and down the rocks. It would be an interesting pit stop on your way to where ever, but... More 

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Gainesville, Florida
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed February 3, 2016

Please don't pass this site by. During the season there is a great visitors' center and off season there are pamphlets that help direct visitors along the trail of petroglyphs.

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Jackson, Wyoming
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed January 28, 2016 via mobile

Strangely proportioned anthropomorphs painted on the rock wall give such pause for reflection. Too many people talk about prehistoric cultures with little regard that these first Americans did indeed record their history but in a manner not recognized by the invading Europeans. I appreciate how safeguards have been taken to discourage the possibility of vandalism as have been inflicted at... More 

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