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Sand Dunes & Petroglyphs in Sweetwater County,
Wyo. Sep 04, 2013

  Southwest Wyoming Travel Destination - Great Place to Refuel, Rediscover on Tour of Wyoming’s National Parks

Sweetwater County, Wyo. – Sweetwater County, Wyo., at the junction of Interstate 80 and Highway 191 in the southwest part of the state, is the perfect stopping point to refuel and rediscover as travelers make their way to or from the national parks of Wyoming. The Killpecker Sand Dunes and the White Mountain Petroglyphs are two area attractions that offer a quintessential Sweetwater County experience.

White Mountain Petroglyphs
Located about 26 miles northeast of the town of Rock Springs, the White Mountain Petroglyphs offer more than a dozen panels that showcase hundreds of figures etched into the sandstone bedrock. These incised petroglyphs were carved by the ancestors of present Plains and Great Basin Native American people.

The petroglyphs include drawings of elk, buffalo, horses, teepees and several kinds of human figures, including riders with feather headdresses. Many of the petroglyphs date to early historic times, about 200 years ago, as evidenced by the horse figures, which were introduced by the Euro-Americans. Other figures appear to be much older and are estimated by archeologists to be as much as 1,000 years old.

Killpecker Sand Dunes
A little further up the road sits the world’s second-largest active sand dune field in the world. The Killpecker Sand Dunes encompass about 109,000 acres and stretch 55 miles wide from the Green River Basin across the Continental Divide and into the Great Divide Basin. An 11,000 acre open play area is a huge draw for dune buggies, dirt bikes, ATVs and other off-road vehicles. From flats to mammoth dunes soaring up to 100 feet high, the sandbanks offer something for off-roaders at every skill level.

The dunes are equally exciting for hikers who can hike to and around the sand formations on trails that trace through North Table Mountain, South Table Mountain, Black Rock, Spring Butte and Leucite Hills. Leucite Hills is also a great place to peer out onto the horizon for a glimpse of the county’s herds of wild horses.

The rough and rocky terrain and numerous springs of fresh water located throughout this area make it perfectly suited for wild horses. But wild horses aren’t the only rare wildlife one can see at Killpecker Sand Dunes. The area around the Killpecker Dune Field is also home to a herd of rare desert elk, found nowhere else in North America!

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About Sweetwater County (www.tourwyoming.com)
Sweetwater County, located halfway between Yellowstone and Canyonlands National Parks in southwest Wyoming, is home to 10,500 square miles of pure, high desert adventure. Known as “Flaming Gorge Country” the area is characterized by the 91-square-mile Flaming Gorge Lake, the famed Green River, expansive deserts and rugged mountains. Activities include camping, hiking, biking, fishing, golfing, sightseeing, wildlife viewing, hunting dinosaurs, shopping, and just plain getting away from it all. A perfect place to explore American history, Sweetwater County is also home to petroglyphs, pioneer trails and historical museums.

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