Known for its carved rock-art images--petroglyphs--and painted rock-art images--pictographs-- Medicine Lodge is one of Wyoming’s premier archaeological sites. Rock art covers the face of a 750-foot long sandstone bluff, which shelters the area at its base from wind. Here, archaeologists have found evidence of human habitation stretching back 10,000 years.
Interpretive signs along the base of the bluff guide visitors through the history of the Medicine Lodge site and the surrounding region. Located near abundant water sources and five different vegetation zones, the area is home to hundreds of species of wildlife. Today, visitors can learn of Medicine Lodge’s extensive history while enjoying excellent trout fishing, wildlife viewing and camping in the foothills of the beautiful Bighorn Mountains.
Gulliford, Andrew. Sacred Objects and Sacred Places: Preserving Tribal Traditions. Boulder: University Press of Colorado, 2000.
Medicine Lodge State Archaeological Site is located approximately six miles northeast of Hyattville, Wyo. From Worland, take U.S. Highway 16/20 north to state Route 31 and head east toward Hyattville. Turn onto Cold Springs Road and follow the signs to Medicine Lodge State Archaeological Site.
Most site grounds are open 24 hours per day year-round, weather permitting. The visitor center is open May 1 through Sept. 29. Additional facilities include camping and picnic areas, corrals, playgrounds, restrooms, telephone, trails, fishing pier and viewing areas. Drinking water is available. The restrooms and drinking fountains are closed during winter months, from Nov. 6 through April 30. Visitors with disabilities may use a motorized vehicle on designated trails to access the site. All other visitors must walk 1.5 miles on a gravel road from the parking area to the site.
For information on camping fees and guided bus tours Contact the Medicine Lodge Office at (307) 469-2234...
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