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Legend Rock tour Saturday


The Meeteetse Museums will host its annual tour of Legend Rock State Petroglyph Site on Saturday, June 9. This year’s tour will be led by John Fish, Assistant Superintendent of Hot Springs State Park, and Marit Bovee, Archaeologist and Paleontology Coordinator out of the Bureau of Land Management (BLM) office in Worland. The tour is free and pre-registration is NOT required.

Those taking part should meet at Meeteetse Museums no later than 9 a.m. The museum is located at 1947 State Street in Meeteetse. The tour will leave the museum at 9:30 a.m. sharp. If more convenient, participants may meet the organized museum group at Legend Rock. The tour begins at 10:30 a.m. Participants are expected to bring a picnic lunch and drinking water. While the walk is no more than 200 yards, hiking shoes or sneakers are recommended. For those preferring not to drive, some car-pooling may be available at the museum. A ride, however, is not guaranteed. Binoculars are strongly recommended. Following the opening presentation and tour, which together last approximately 90 minutes, participants are free to picnic and peruse the rock art on their own. The site’s interpretive center will be open as well.

Legend Rock, located about 27 miles northwest of Thermopolis, is one of the oldest and best examples of Dinwoody rock art in the world. Most of the Legend Rock petroglyphs are classified as being of the “Dinwoody” tradition. Dinwoody petroglyphs are exclusively located in the Wind River and Big Horn Basins west of the Big Horn River and were made by the people who inhabited the area as early as 11,000 years ago. The meaning and age of the Legend Rock petroglyphs are still being debated.

For more information about this and other events from Meeteetse Museums, please call 307-868-2423, email, or visit To learn more about Legend Rock, also visit Wyoming State Parks and Cultural Resources online.


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