#mypubliclandsroadtrip 2016: Step Back in Time, Castle Gardens Petroglyph Site
BLM Wyoming protects world-class rock art at the Castle Gardens Petroglyph Site in central Wyoming. The name comes from the outcropping of sandstone which the wind has eroded into shapes resembling the turrets and towers of a castle. This unusual formation has been luring visitors for thousands of years, and many of them left their mark in the soft sandstone. The most famous petroglyphs were done in the Castle Gardens Shield Style, the oldest recognizable example of the shield-bearing warrior figure type.
Staff have been making improvements to the site for the past several years to provide you with a better experience and to better protect the petroglyphs. You can now enjoy a crushed fine gravel walking trail through the site, foot bridges to ease the crossing of deep drainages and a new parking area. Future work at Castle Gardens will include new interpretive panels and benches for enjoying the view. All of these improvements are designed to reduce the amount of vandalism through increased understanding of the site and better visitor facilities.
Photos by Karina Bryan