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Medicine Wheel National Historic Landmark

  • 30 mi east of Lovell on Alternate U.S. 14
  • Medicine Wheel
  • Native American Site
  • Fodor's Choice

Published 01/19/2016

Fodor's Review

A ring of rocks 75 feet in diameter, this ancient site is the best preserved of nearly 150 Native American stone wheels found in Wyoming, South Dakota, Montana, Alberta, and Saskatchewan. Evidence such as the 28 spokes (one for each day of the lunar cycle) leading from the edge of the wheel to a central cairn has persuaded some that the wheel was an ancient spiritual observatory much like England's Stonehenge may have been. To protect the area, access to the wheel is restricted to foot travel; it's a 1.5-mi hike to the site from the parking lot (people with disabilities may drive to the site). Up in the Big Horn Mountains, at an elevation of 9,642 feet, the site affords views of the entire Big Horn Basin. At this elevation you'll want to bring a coat or sweatshirt.

Sight Information

Address:

30 mi east of Lovell on Alternate U.S. 14, Medicine Wheel, Wyoming, 82431, United States

Phone:

307-548–6541

Sight Details:

  • Free
  • Daily 24 hrs

Published 01/19/2016

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