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Independence Rock State Historic Site

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Address: WY Route 220, Alcova, WY 82620

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Worth Stopping

It's worth sipping to stretch your feet and learn a little history about the westward movement and a little Mormon history.

Reviewed 20 October 2016
Becky D
Salt Lake City, Utah
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Falls Church, VA
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Reviewed 1 week ago

Worth a stop and the time it takes to read the illustrative signs highlighting the significance of Independence Rock to the Westward expansion of the U.S. As we learned in the 19th Century, the wagon trains on the Oregon, Mormon and California trails all passed through here. Many of these immigrants carved their names on this massive granite rock, just... More 

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Elk River, Minnesota
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Reviewed 24 October 2016

We pulled into this rest stop before realizing this is actually a historical site. As a child growing up in the 90's I loved playing Oregon Trail and to make a stop at Independence Rock to learn more about the history was quite a treat!

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Salt Lake City, Utah
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Reviewed 20 October 2016 via mobile

It's worth sipping to stretch your feet and learn a little history about the westward movement and a little Mormon history.

Thank Becky D
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103 reviews
53 attraction reviews
common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 41 helpful votes
Reviewed 20 August 2016

We left Custer early in the morning and after travelling through the town of Lusk we stopped at Independence Rock. This rock is on the Oregon Trail and many settlers carved their name on the Rock to let family and friends know they had been this way. The Rock is a popular tourist stop. We did the trail walk around... More 

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Sandy, Utah
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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 142 helpful votes
Reviewed 20 August 2016

We stumbled upon this site while riding to Sturgis, and we'll always be glad we did. I had never heard of this place, yet here is its importance: Independence Rock, on the Oregon and California Trails, was the place emigrants HAD to reach by July 4 as they traveled westward, or they wouldn't make it through the Rockies before the... More 

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Pocatello, Idaho, United States
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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 13 helpful votes
Reviewed 11 August 2016

You can climb to the top but make sure you have good shoes on. It is not good to try it in sandals. I didn't climb up but I did walk around. There is no specific way to get to the top, just different places you can climb up. I would have done it had I been with someone else.... More 

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Longmont, Colorado
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Reviewed 3 August 2016

Thank you to those on Tripadvisor who warned about the rattlesnakes! We were prepared and aware on our visit because of this. We didn't see the rattlesnake but we heard that unmistakable rattling sound when we got close and climbed up the rock a little. It was at a spot seen from the road where it curves in and there... More 

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Reviewed 27 July 2016

This is a nice stop on the road, but not more than that. Pioneers aimed to reach that point before Independence Day. If they had made it by then, they knew they had a fair chance to reach their destination safely. If not, being forced to deal with the harsh winter, it was an extreme challenge. the rock itself is... More 

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San Francisco, California
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Reviewed 26 July 2016 via mobile

We felt this remote historical site is in general underwhelming. However, we benefit greatly from the rest stop and the great landscape surrounding the hugh rock.

Thank Phil Y
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Reviewed 18 June 2016 via mobile

Basically just a rest area but they did have a few interpretative signs to explain the significance of the area. A few trails to explore if you have the time. You are allowed to climb up on the rock but a couple of rattlesnakes were spotted just before we arrived so we opted to stick to to the trails. As... More 

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