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About Our Site - Independence Rock Historic Site

Independence Rock also known as the Register of the Desert for the more than 5,000 names that are a part of our pioneering history. One of the earliest signatures carved into the large granite rock is 1824 by M. K. Hugh. The Rock received its name after an Independence Day celebration with William Sublette and 80 pioneers. The name stuck and became a landmark and goal of the more than 550,000 westward travelers. The Rock's highest point sits 136 feet above the surrounding terrain. In the distance can be seen what is known as the Devil's Gate where the river has carved a 330 foot deep cut through rock.



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Hiking is allowed on the Rock; however it is important that we preserve our heritage for future generations. It is for this reason that laws have been instituted for the protection of this National and Historical Monument. It is therefore unlawful to deface, or defile in anyway, shape or form any part of the Rock.





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COVID-19 Coronavirus
Important Information:

In an effort to slow the spread of COVID-19, all Wyoming State Park: overnight camping facilities, cabins, yurts, group sites/shelters, showerhouses, some non-essential restrooms, and playgrounds are closed until further notice.

All parks currently remain open for day-use outdoor recreation activities including: trailheads, hiking/biking trails, boat ramps, fishing access, essential restrooms, individual picnic areas/tables. Normal park fees apply; visitors are urged to use fee canisters. 

State Historic Sites are closed to the general public until further notice. 

While we encourage citizens to enjoy the great outdoors while maintaining social distances, please know the Governor has also urged citizens to stay home whenever possible. This is an ever-changing situation. 




Site grounds open 24 hours.


  • Grounds and facilities open year-round, weather permitting.





 Independence Rock State Historic Site
 Alcova, WY 82620

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