Wyoming is such an interesting place.
Even when you omit Yellowstone, Grand
Teton Park and Devils Tower Monument,
the state is jammed with interesting sites to
visit and sights to see.
These places are both natural and manmade.
Here is a partial list of some to be among
the most interesting:
The oldest house in the world is located
5 miles from Medicine Bow. It is
the famous “dinosaur house,” made out
of 100-million-year-old fossil bones from
nearby Como Bluff. Many of the great dinosaur
fossils on display around the world
came from that area in the 1890s.
Near my hometown of Lander is the
famous Sinks of the Popo Agie River.
The river goes into the side of the canyon
and reappears a quarter mile downstream.
More water comes out than goes in, which
indicates there are many other sinks in the
surrounding area. A state park surrounds
this amazing site.
Periodic Spring near Afton is another of
these remarkable water sites. Hot springs
in Thermopolis, Saratoga, Jackson, Dubois
and Fort Washakie are oddities, in their
West of Cody is the surprisingly stunning
Smith Mansion, an odd log building
that is six stories high and built like a Chinese
pagoda. Its builder died creating it
many years ago.
Between Cheyenne and Laramie is the
Ames Monument, celebrating two brothers
who were instrumental in building the
transcontinental railroad. The huge pyramid
is built near the highest point of the
railroad line. It is 60 feet high and 60 feet
square and easily accessible.
In the same area along Interstate 80 is
the towering statue of President Lincoln,
signifying the highest point of the Lincoln
Highway, which was the first transcontinental
road in the USA.
Several amazing sites in Wyoming are
not very accessible.
Three of the most amazing are an arch,
a mysterious rock ladder and the odd boulders
balanced on three tiny rocks.
To see these, you better be rich or fit.
I doubt if I will be able to see them in my
lifetime, but I hope that you may.
We have written before about the famous
Blackwater Arch high in the wilderness
west of Cody. At one time it was
believed to be the largest arch in the world.
Cody photographer Dewey Vanderhoff
showed me photos he took of the arch. He
calls it “Eagle’s Lair,” because the hole in
the arch looks like a face of an eagle with
a snake in its mouth.
It was created by volcanic action, which
makes it all the more amazing.
This Blackwater area is also the site of
the worst forest fire disaster in Wyoming
history where 15 firefighters were killed in
Space aliens? There are huge rocks balanced
on three little rocks in at least eight
places deep in the Wind River Mountains.
I have seen photos of them and they are
called “Dolmens.” Again, you need a guide
to find them. It would take a very big forklift
to create these oddities. And the fact
there are last eight similar ones rule out an
accidental creation by glaciers.
In the mountains around Thermopolis
there is an odd round formation, which
does not look naturally created by Mother
Nature. Leading up to it is an old rock ladder,
which has the appearance of being
manmade, although it is eroded and very
old. I have seen photos of it and it looks
plausible to me.
The Big Horn Medicine Wheel is a national
site and well worth visiting high in
the mountains above Lovell and Sheridan.
There are also various rock arrows
around the state that seem to point to the
Medicine Wheel including near Jeffrey
City, Greybull and Meeteetse.
Two places that seem to defy gravity are
Gravity Hill on the Casper Mountain Road
and the highway through Wind River Canyon
between Shoshoni and Thermopolis.
Gravity Hill makes you think you are on
the level but if you stop, your car will roll
In Wind River Canyon you swear the
river is flowing uphill as it flows north because
the massive canyon walls are tilted
at odd angles.
Just north of Rock Springs is the amazing
Boar’s Tusk, a monolith remaining
from the core of a volcano, which juts out
of the desert floor. You can see it from 40
Around it are the equally amazing Killpecker
Sand Dunes. If you have not seen
these places, you need to. There is also
a spectacular petroglyph site there. You
can also find handholds carved into the
soft rock where Native American women
gripped while birthing their babies over the
The eclipse in August 2017 was a huge
event for Wyoming. In little Shoshoni,
there is an amazing park built by international
eclipse enthusiasts, which commemorates
that event. The writing and symbols
are literally out of this world. Worth a visit
next time you pass through this crossroads
This is just a small smattering of sights
and sites. People can send other oddities to
[email protected] I intend to compile
more in the near future. We have only
scratched the surface here.
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