Must-See Landmark: Register Cliff in Wyoming | Reader's Digest

Must-See Landmark: Register Cliff in Wyoming

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Register Cliff/Oregon Trail Ruts, Wyoming© 2009 Fred PflughoftHistory is gouged into the earth at the trail ruts site near Guernsey.

S. Wyoming Ave., 3 miles south of junction with Rte. 26, Guernsey, Wyoming

The pioneers who traveled west on the Oregon Trail left their mark on a soft sandstone cliff rising 100 feet from the North Platte River valley. Wagoneers who camped on the riverbanks etched their names into the cliff and the date they passed through, sometimes noting their hometowns back East. Many of the inscriptions on what is today called Register Cliff were made during the peak years of travel on the trail—the 1840s and 1850s. As far back as 1829, journeying fur trappers and traders also carved their names into the rock. A plaque at the base of the cliff tells visitors more about this roster of people headed for a new life.  In nearby Guernsey State Park is the Oregon Trail Ruts State Historic Site. Here you’ll see deep ruts gouged into the sandstone outcrops by untold numbers of wagon wheels, more reminders of the parade of pioneers along the North Platte River.

Open year-round.

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