Independence Rock State Historic Site

Quick Facts

Independence Rock State Historic Site


(307) 577-5150

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Things To Do



Independence Rock stands 6,028-feet above sea level. The tallest point of the rock is 136-feet above the surrounding terrain. If one were to walk around the base of this rock, the distance covered would be more than a mile, or 5,900-feet. Windblown sand and silt have grooved the rock and polished it to a high gloss in a process called "windfaceting." It is because of this smoother surface that the pioneers were able to easily carve their names into the rock. It was the names carved in stone here that caused Father Peter J. DeSmet to appropriately name this place "The Register of the Desert" in 1840. Register Cliff and Names Hill also contain names left by the pioneers. There is no camping at this site.

Map of Independence Rock (WY)

Latitude, Longitude: 42.494251, -107.132750



  • Historic Sites

    There is an interpretive kiosk and paved footpath leading to the Rock. Well-preserved ruts run along the pathway next to the Rock.

  • Picnicking

    Picnic areas are available.



At mile marker 63 on State Highway 220. Independence Rock State Historic Site includes a large rest area complex right off the highway.

Phone Numbers


(307) 577-5150