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Oregon Trail Ruts State Historic Site (OTRSHS) provides visitors the opportunity to view and experience some of the best-preserved evidence of the great overland migration of the west, the Trail Ruts. Here emigrants trekking along the California, Oregon and Mormon trails struggled to make passage from the relatively level river bottom land to the rugged and rocky landscape of the High Plains. The wear of thousands of wagon wheels is clearly visible in soft sandstone rock. Impressive ruts, in some places over five-foot deep, are found just a short walk from the site’s parking area. The site offers a small group picnic shelter and a public restroom. Oversight and operational management of the site is provided by Guernsey State Park.


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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. 




Open to the public from sunrise to sunset.





 Oregon Trail Ruts State Historic Site
 I-25 exit 92 to US-26
 Guernsey, WY 82214

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