Register Cliff State Historic Site

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Register Cliff, located just under 5 miles south of Guernsey Wyoming and just 8 miles west of Fort Laramie, is one of the more famous landmarks of the overland trails. Here many thousands of pioneers carved their names into a soft sandstone cliff overlooking the river valley. Several hundred of these signatures are still visible today. This is one of many such "signature rocks" that were used by travelers in the mid 1800s.  Others include Independence Rock and Courthouse Rock.  This area also marked the beginnings of the Rocky Mountains and the hardest parts of the trail. This grassy area was a favored stopping point for many wagon trains.

A short hiking trail leads visitors from the parking lot to a fenced area of the cliff that preserves many of the historic carvings. It seems not only the historic travelers but the people who came to see the site also were carving their names into the cliff so a fence was erected to keep the older areas from being destroyed. Several interpretive signs point out famous names and the history of the area. There is also a pioneer cemetery and trail markers near the parking area.

This cliff marked mile 658 of the trek to Oregon. Just west of this point about two miles, the Oregon Trail climbed out of the river valley to head across the grassy high plains and to avoid a series of canyons along the river. That created the Oregon Trail Ruts, some of the best preserved wagon "trail ruts".
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