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Here’s one of those fascinating Wonders, eons in the making, a true archaeological marvel. Castle Gardens is exactly that, a pre-historic garden, created by thousands of years of Wyoming wind. And this spectacular collection of natural landscape formations and ancient rock carvings are covered in man-made art, some dating back 3,000-years.

Castle Gardens appears on the rugged terrain of Central Wyoming’s high-plains badlands, just south of Moneta, Wyoming. It showcases a breathtaking display of sandstone formations, red spires and giant wind-carved toadstools, that rise-up out of the gray rocks and sand. There are small clumps of junipers and pines here at the sight, but it’s the pre-historic formations that headline the show. And the ancient artwork that adorns some of those sandstone canvasses at Castle Gardens, just adds to it.

Castle Gardens was long a sacred spot for Native Americans, and a canvass for carvings. The pictograph artwork here dates back thousands of years, and the most famous of all, “The Great Turtle”, created here at Castle Gardens, now holds residence at the Wyoming State Museum in Cheyenne.

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