AAA Editor Notes
Independence Rock State Historic Site is 25 mi. w. on SR 220. Called “The Great Register of the Desert,” this well-known landmark is a 136-foot-high granite boulder with a base that covers more than 24 acres. Members of an expedition led by Robert Stuart, credited with the discovery of the Oregon Trail, first visited the rock in 1812. Since then more than 5,000 explorers, adventurers, missionaries and soldiers have carved their names on it.
Independence Rock was named during a celebration held July 4, 1830, by a party of fur trappers led by William Sublette.