Split Rock WSA 10 - Lander Field Office
Photo by Bob Wick
The Split Rock WSA encompasses 1,789 acres, including 40 acres of surface split-estate and 40 acres of private land inholding within the boundaries.
The Split Rock WSA offers outstanding opportunities for a primitive and unconfined type of recreation, including rock climbing, hiking, sightseeing, backpacking and hunting. Split Rock and McIntosh Peak have long been attractive to rock climbers. Hunting for pronghorn is outstanding on the flats because game is abundant and packing distances are short. Bighorn sheep historically inhabited this area, but the only big game species currently in residence are elk, antelope and mule deer. Golden eagles, prairie falcons and red-tailed hawks soar overhead.
As the dominant landmark of the Sweetwater Valley, the unmistakable "gun sight" notch in the summit of Split Rock aimed the emigrants directly at Great South Pass, still more than 75 miles to the west. A BLM interpretive site is at this location.
A second highway turn-out a few miles west offers a better (although reverse) view of the "split" and also a look at the Old Castle, a smaller landmark south of the Trail and highway.
The site has restrooms, trash collection and the hard-surfaced interpretive trail is ADA accessible.
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From Jeffrey City, travel east on US Highway 287 approximately 18 miles and turn north following highway signs.
ADDRESS Lander Field Office
1335 Main Street
Lander, WY 82520