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I suppose it does have the look of a wild boar’s tooth, a very large wild boar’s tooth. No one knows who actually named it, but the simple moniker of Boar’s Tusk really does fit. It rises up out of the world’s largest body of shifting sand and desert land, the Red Desert, in Wyoming’s Sweetwater County. Boar’s Tusk is not easy to get to these days, the amazing Killpecker Dunes of the Killpecker Valley come into play here. But does it ever stand-out. This very unique landmark rises-up some 400 feet out of the desert dunes.

Boar’s Tusk is a natural Wonder that has taken millions of years to form, a volcanic plug that some refer to as a leucite monolith. The Tusk is located north of Rock Springs, Wyoming, between two towns with the “soothing” names of Reliance and Eden, just east of U.S. Highway 191. To get to Boar’s Tusk a four-wheel drive is recommended, but for centuries these spires have served as an important landmark for Native Americans, trappers and moutain men, settlers and emigrants.

Boar’s Tusk is a popular spot for local rock climbers, it’s 400-foot face is a challenge. And it has become a destination point for photographers looking for the perfect snapshot of “defiant” Boar’s Tusk.

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