©Shannon Gilly. Measuring 75 feet across, Medicine Wheel in northern Wyoming has been an active religious site for thousands of years.

Family Vacations in Wyoming: Medicine Wheel National Historic Landmark

Wyoming's Medicine Wheel is located in a remote area of the Bighorn National Forest at an elevation of 9,642 feet on Medicine Mountain. It is one of the oldest active religious sites on the planet: For 7,000 years, this mountain has been sacred. Medicine Wheel is part of a larger system of interrelated religious sites, altars, sweat lodge sites, and other ceremonial venues, and it is still in use.

In recent years, members of dozens of Indian nations have held ceremonies here, including the Arapaho, Cheyenne, and Crow. The lasting artifact at the site is the actual Medicine Wheel, which is 75 feet in diameter and composed of 28 "spokes" of rocks intersecting in a central rocky cairn. Originally built several hundred years ago, it is now a National Historic Landmark enclosed by a simple fence of rope. It is considered one of the best-preserved sites of its kind.

Medicine Wheel National Historic Landmark Information

Address: Bighorn National Forest Burgess Junction Visitor Center

U.S. Hwy. 14, 1/2 E of Burgess Junction

Sheridan, WY

Telephone: 307/674-2600

Hours of Operation: Dawn - Dusk

Admission: Free

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