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Independence Rock Rest Area

Wyoming 220, Alcova, Wyoming 82620 USA

Free to Visit
Open Now
Thu 12a-11:59p
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  • Pet Friendly
  • Wheelchair
  • Public
  • Outdoor
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“An oregon trail landmark”

Independence Rock State Historic Site is on the south side of State Route 220 at the Independence Rock Rest Area. Independence Rock stands 6,028 feet (1,808.3m) above sea level. The tallest point of the rock is 136 feet (40.8m) above the surrounding terrain. If one were to walk around the base of this rock, the distance covered would be more than a mile, or 5,900 feet (1.8km). The mass of Independence Rock is equal to an area of 24.81 acres (9.924 ha). Windblown sand and silt have grooved the rock and polished it to a high gloss in a process called "windfaceting." It is because of this smoother surface that the pioneers were able to easily carve their names into the rock. It was the names carved in stone here that caused Father Peter J. DeSmet to appropriately name this place "The Register of the Desert" in 1840. Register Cliff and Names Hill also contain names left by the pioneers. There is no camping at this site.

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July 04, 2018

Many of the old signatures are worn away. Make sure you plan time to walk all the way around to the backside of the rock to get the full experience.

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June 07, 2016
Rated 5.0

You must stop. At a rest area so a little hard to see if you don't know it is there.

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July 22, 2014

Stopped for a potty break for the kids and had no idea what was there! We climbed up the rock with our 4 and 1 yr old and it was a great way to burn some energy and see beautiful Wyoming from above. Only took 20 minutes or so.

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July 13, 2014

Really great place!! Glad we stopped.

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April 08, 2016
Rated 4.0

Nice quick stop to stretch your legs. Beautiful little stop.

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Independence Rock Rest Area

Wyoming 220
Alcova, Wyoming
82620 USA


Open 24 hours today
  • Sun - Sat: 12:00 am - 11:59 pm

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  • Pets Allowed
  • Restrooms
  • Wifi
  • Wheelchair Accessible
  • Credit Cards Accepted
  • Dump Station
  • Dispersed Sites
  • Open Seasonally
  • Permit Required
  • Outdoor Seating
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