Not Many People Realize You Can Climb To The Top Of Independence Rock In Wyoming

When hundreds of thousands of immigrants made their way through Wyoming on the Oregon Trail between 1843 and 1869, certain spots along the way became landmarks. There was Fort Bridger, South Pass, Ayres Natural Bridge, and more – but perhaps none of these waysides were more famous than Independence Rock. This large stone rises up from the mountain prairie and is impossible to miss! Its location meant that a majority of travelers who were making good time got here by the 4th of July (hence the name Independence Rock), and if they did get here “on time”, chances are they would make it through the Sawtooth Mountains before snow made travel through the rugged terrain too difficult.

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Address: Independence Rock State Historic Site, WY-220, Alcova, WY 82620, USA