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Independence Rock State Historic Site

WY Route 220, Alcova, WY 82620
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It hailed when we were on top of the rock.

I think of all the early travelers who used this rock as a landmark to know they were on the right... read more

Reviewed 1 week ago
Columbus, Georgia
The rock my great grandmother passed on the Oregon Trail

We stayed in Rawlins to visit Independence Rock. It was fulfilling to see the prairie pretty much... read more

Reviewed 22 September 2017
Donna V
Tombstone, Arizona
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“oregon trail” (25 reviews)
“names carved” (8 reviews)
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WY Route 220, Alcova, WY 82620
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Reviewed 1 week ago

I think of all the early travelers who used this rock as a landmark to know they were on the right trail west. Some of them carved their names or initials in the rock. My daughter and I climbed up to the top and then...More

Thank magicdragon007
Reviewed 22 September 2017 via mobile

We stayed in Rawlins to visit Independence Rock. It was fulfilling to see the prairie pretty much as it was in the 1840s. I took photos of the wagon tracks goint toward this magnificient rock! We took our little dog the mile walk around the...More

Thank Donna V
Reviewed 11 September 2017 via mobile

This is a really cool and easy stop to make along the highway in Wyoming. It is located at a state rest stop so that state did a good job planning this location. It is great for some history and fun to climb on. Keep...More

2  Thank 007BigBlue
Reviewed 7 September 2017

The rock is very convenient to visit -- it is located next to the main highway and at a rest stop. The area is pretty and is approach for a short stop.

Thank maleckide
Reviewed 2 September 2017 via mobile

Good Rest Stop & Wyoming Visitors Center at the Big Rock. We didn't take time to climb but saw others who took the time.

Thank Coloradopegret
Reviewed 25 August 2017

This is a spot 500,000 pioneers have touched. This rock represents a mile mark in their journey West! If they did not make it here by July 4th they would have problems getting over the Sierras before the snow. This is a great spot for...More

Thank Lance2185
Reviewed 13 August 2017 via mobile

This is an interesting stop at one of the most significant landmarks along the Oregon Trail. You can walk around the granite outcropping and catch some of the signatures the settlers etched in the stone as they migrated west. I climbed to the top and...More

Thank pfefmeister
Reviewed 10 August 2017

Independence Rock State Historic Site is a very worthwhile stop not just for a rest stop but the amazing history nearby. We took the time to walk around Independence Rock but did not have time to climb it. We enjoyed reading the historical engravings and...More

1  Thank Budrock9
Reviewed 10 August 2017

I can't get over how much a HUGE rock can mean so much! I thought this was very interesting and what a piece of American History. It's interesting to see the names on the rock. Just wish there was less vandalism.

Thank Baseballgirl1975
Reviewed 3 August 2017 via mobile

This is a great place to stop and rest for a moment. There are covered picnic tables, grills, and a small walk to go see the historical remnants. The restrooms have been clean on all of my visits.

Thank Kimberly C
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