Glenrock is a historic town
In a prehistoric time dinosaurs roamed the Glenrock area and the bones of those long dead creatures are still being discovered. Later, Glenrock served as a stop along the Oregon Trail as a vital supply point for thousands of emigrants during the Westward Expansion. The 1850s brought a trading post, appropriately named Deer Creek Station, to the area and the roots of town of Glenrock were put down. In 1860 and 1861 Pony Express Riders raced through the area carrying the nation’s mail at then record speed. In 1861 the telegraph replaced the riders and Deer Creek Station became a relay point for telegraph messages. You can learn more about the history of Glenrock at the Deer Creek Museum.
Today Glenrock is still making history! Come discover our historic past and experience all the great things the present has brought!
Fishing & Outdoor Recreation
Glenrock is located in Central Wyoming at the foothills of the Rocky Mountains nestled along the Deer Creek Tributary System. This beautiful little town is near the confluence of the Deer Creek and and the North Platte River. Glenrock is a great place to fish! There is also a 9 hole golf course.
No visit to Glenrock is complete without a stroll through the historic downtown. The Commerce Block, located in the downtown area and constructed in 1917, is the centerpiece of the downtown area and listed on the National Register of Historic Places. The Glenrock Paleon Museum, the historic Hotel Higgins and several restaurants and watering holes are all within walking distance.
Hotel Higgins celebrated its grand opening on May 19, 1917 proudly offering, “steam heated rooms and hot and cold running water.” To this day, Hotel Higgins is a wonderful place to stay and dine. Their outdoor patio is the perfect place to spend a summer evening.
Rock in the Glen
The Rock in the Glen is located on the western edge of Glenrock. It is a rock formation with the names and dates of many travelers on the Oregon Trail carved into the surface of the rock. John C Femont's first expedition guided by Kit Carson once camped in the rocky glen. There is a parking area with an interpretive sign and visitors can walk up and upon the rock face hunting for the faded names which can still be found in the rock surface.
Deer Creek Days
Each summer the town of Glenrock comes alive to celebrate Deer Creek Days! Deer Creek Days is a fun filled 3 days which includes parades, pancakes, barbeques, live music, rodoes and a lot of fun! Local artists display their artwork in the town hall to start the week off. You can participate in the 5K, basketball tournament or mud volleyball games. Or if athletics isn't your thing attend the horse show, calcutta or rodeo! There's also a tractor pull, craft sale and talent show. You won't want to miss Deer Creek Days!
The Paleon Museum in Glenrock is home to an amazing array of dinosaur bones and geological treasures. This small town gem of a museum should be at the top of your list as it will charm visitors of all ages. They offers guided museum tours with the affordable $5 admission fee. Kids 12 & under are free when accompanied by a paying adult.