Big Horn Medicine Wheel

The Big Horn Medicine Wheel is located on a mountain ridge at over 11,000 feet above sea level. In only the last 20 years it has been shown to have been an astronomical observatory. A wonderful set of Web pages has been put together by Paula Giese on this wheel and others in the Rocky Mountains. I couldn't have done it better myself.

A photograph of the medicine wheel is available from the University of Wyoming. Access can be slow. It is difficult to figure out what you are seeing in this photograph unless you have visited the site. The small stone circle in the foreground lies on the edge of the large circle forming the medicine wheel. The central cairn can be seen beyond this feature, with spokes of smaller stones radiating outward from it. The fence surrounding it can be clearly seen.

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