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“undeveloped wonder”

Legend Rock Petroglyph Site
Ranked #5 of 14 things to do in Thermopolis
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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.
Reviewed September 29, 2012

There are no amenities, no hosts, no signs. Petroglyphs are delicate and can be defaced, so it's just as well. For the adventurous hiker who likes ancient mysteries and doesn't need spectacle.

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"amazing petroglyphs"
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Reviewed September 16, 2012

The history of these petroglyphs was explained by the site guide. They are so impressive! Unbelieveable that some of these are over 11,000 years old. All must stop by and take a few minutes to see these ancient drawings from the past.

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Reviewed September 2, 2012

This is a fascinating place and a must visit. We had not planned to go due to lack of time but really glad that we did go.
BJ King shows people around the petroglyph and was very knowledgeable. The whole place is amazing and very interesting. Two horses came to say hello while we were there.
This place is free but they appreciate donations and comments.

1  Thank Ishiarusha
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Reviewed August 28, 2012

We enjoyed our visit to the Petroglyph site. The guide was helpful, and they have great informational pamplets that they give out.
In all the guidebooks it said you have to pick up keys for the gate. We went all the way to Thermopolis only to find out we didn't and they gate was open during the summer between 8am-5pm. Knowing this would have saved us about 45 minutes of driving.
Some of the smaller petroglyphs towards the end are a bit hard to see unless you get up close...but you aren't supposed to. I am sure at some point they will fence it off somehow but I hope they will let you get close enough to really see them.
They really are something to see and knowing some of them are 11 thousand years old is amazing.

1  Thank macwoman
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Reviewed July 31, 2012

As stated in previous reviews, the final 3 miles of gravel road are a bit bone jarring. However, on the way down to the site, we saw lots and lots of pronghorn (antelope). As we are from the east coast and don't have antelope, this close up look at pronghorn was worth the trip alone.

At the gate, entering the site, there is a slightly confusing sign about needing a guided tour to visit the site. Ignore it. We went down anyway, figuring we had come far enough and could at least see the small but informative visitor's center, and a very nice lady handed us a brochure and sent us on our merry way. We, too, received a warning about rattlesnakes and were told that one was found on the path that morning. We were very, very careful but didn't see or hear anything, much to our relief.

The site was wonderful and, believe it or not, the brochure does a nice job of explaining the petroglyphs. I had wanted to see petrogylphs for a long time and these were quite clear and easy to make out. It was amazing to see 11,000 rock paintings. The whole walk took us about 45 minutes, we passed one other family on our trip and it was well worth the time. If you're a birder, keep a look out above the petroglyphs for the mud bird houses and an aerie.

Just a tip, there are two other petroglyph sites in Wyoming but, according to the lady at the visitor's center, these are the best preserved in the state. The others are on softer rock and have deteriorated more over time. Also, be prepared for some slight (but interesting) vandalism to the rocks. Some of the vandalism occurred in the late 1800s and another just before the first World War.

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