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The Writing Is On The Wall
The majority of Petroglyphs at Legend Rock are classified as “Dinwoody”. Dinwoody petroglyphs are unique to the Big Horn and Wind River Basins west of the Big Horn River. Dinwoody petroglyphs are always pecked. Often human like figures with headdresses, upside down figures and interior lines for the torso. Legend Rock State Park has over 300 petroglyphs. This archaeological site has some of the best Dinwoody Rock Art in the world.
The hike is straightforward as a sign directs you from the parking area. The trail heads toward Cottonwood creek turns south and follows a follows a south facing cliff along Cottonwood Creek. Soon you will notice varnish and rock art starts. The rock art is fragile and must not be touched or chalked. There is some cowboy art mixed in and a few acts of vandalism and theft can be detected. But all in all the site is seldom visited and well worth visiting. After October 1, the site is under locked gate and the key can be obtained at the State Park Bath House in Thermopolis. Call ahead for specifics.
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Gate Policy: If a gate is closed upon arrival, leave it closed after you go through. If it is open, leave it open. Leaving a closed gate open may put cattle in danger. Closing an open gate may cut them off from water. Please be respectful, leave gates as found.