Wyoming October 13, 2019
Step Back In Time When You Walk Through Wyoming’s Historic Guernsey Ruts
Wyoming’s history is fascinating. Our wild and remote state was once such a mystery. When it was part of the Oregon Trail, many migrants fell in love with the scenery and the way of life, and began to settle here in the Cowboy State. Many more continued on towards the West Coast. You can actually see evidence of the massive migration when you visit the Oregon Trail Ruts Historic Site.
It's no secret that the Oregon Trail wound its way through Wyoming, but did you know you can actually see the evidence of the migration? Visit Oregon Trail Ruts Historic Site to see for yourself.
From 1841–1869, thousands of oxen, draft horses and mules, and wagons wore a path through a sandstone ridge near Guernsey, Wyoming, as they forged the Oregon Trail.
This small historic site is considered the best preserved section of the entire Oregon Trail, and walking around here is as close as you can get to time travel.
It is truly incredible to see the way that human travel left a permanent mark on the landscape. Some of the deepest ruts are nearly six feet deep!
The Oregon Trail Ruts Historic Site is one of the most interesting places to learn about the immigrant movements that helped shape our nation.
Be sure to pay attention to the signs and displays that tell the tale of thousands of families who moved into uncharted, dangerous territory in search of a better life.
Register Cliff is part of the historic site as well. This famous landmark was a spot where travelers would rest and carve their name into the rock, proving they made it at least this far.
There are thousands of names on the cliffs. It truly puts the migration movement into perspective!
Oh, and because Wyoming is constantly full of surprises, check out the marker that shows off where the Pony Express used to stop and rest right here in the heart of Wyoming.
For more of Wyoming’s most incredible history, read
6 Inspiring Ways That Wyoming Women Made History. Address: Guernsey Ruts, Guernsey, WY 82214, USA