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Legend Rock Petroglyph Site
Ranked #5 of 14 things to do in Thermopolis
Certificate of Excellence
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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 August 21, 2013

Highly recommend, really cool! We got lost the first day and ended up in the middle of an oil field. Be sure to note they close at 6. The guide was wonderful and kind. Such a cool location - and saw lots of antelope on the way.

2  Thank C A
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"visitor center"
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"gravel road"
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"covered picnic area"
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"ancient history"
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"amazing petroglyphs"
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"remote location"
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"trail head"
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"rest rooms"
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"state park"
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"pronghorn antelope"
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"native americans"
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"well worth the trip"
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"great stop"
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Reviewed August 16, 2013 via mobile

The drive is about 25 miles out of town. Very pretty drive. We saw several prong horn deer.

It was a hot day about 96 degrees. But the loop is only a 1/4 mile and its easy hiking.

Sad that so many people vandalized such a awesome historic site!

Thank Whitney W
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Reviewed August 15, 2013

Fascinating petroglyphs, very well identified with the free visitors' guide brochure. Interesting explanations of what the designs are, about how old they are. More free from graffiti than other petroglyph/cave art locations i've seen before - probably because it is so far off the beaten path. Actually only a few miles off the highway (30 min from Thermopolis) but not well marked in terms of signs. We didn't research the location well enough and just pointed our GPS for 'Hamilton Dome' thinking that was a town and came in from the wrong side. It's actually a rural gas pipeline area. Thankfully a kind resident drew us a detailed map to help us get there and so we found it. But other posters (which I had failed to read before) explain that you get a map from the Hot Springs Park office in Thermopolis - that would have made our trip easier and quicker. Nevertheless, Legend Rock was one of the highlights of our trip to Wyoming.

There isn't a fee per se but there is donation box.

Thank ldeninge
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Reviewed August 10, 2013

Legend Rock Petroglyph Site is one of the best sites for petroglyphs I've seen. Glyphs have been dated as far back as 10,000 years - a new (in 2012) visitor's center contains extensive information about the dating techniques. You can read the reviews here by others about the glyphs my post will address updated (and easy) directions. Signage has evidently been significantly improved with the addition of the Visitor's Center as it is well signed. Admission is free. This is all non-profit, and donations are requested. It's well worth it. From Thermopolis drive 20.8 miles on Highway 120 from the downtown traffic light to the directional sign saying "Legend Rock Archaeological Site; Open May - September" Follow the paved road 5.2 miles to the sign "Cottonwood Creek Rd > Legend Rock Petroglyph Site 2.7 miles." Follow the well-maintained gravel road 2.2 miles to a street sign on the left side of the road says "LegendRock" with a large arrow-sign beneath it saying "Legend Rock" - hard to miss. In several hundred feet you will find yourself at the upper parking lot. If the gate is open, the site is open - gate opens at 8 a.m. Drive another half mile to the parking lot & visitors center. A caretaker lives on-site in a travel trailer. There are newish, clean pit toilets (mens and womens) at the visitors center along with a shaded picnic area. Bottled water is for sale in the visitors center.

3  Thank thunefeld
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Reviewed August 4, 2013

Mystical and incredible. I can recommend the petroglyphs site to anyone with an interest in Native American history. Certainly worth the trek out into the ranch area. An incredible site to behold.

Thank mpkoalas
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