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Near Smoot in Lincoln County, Wyoming — The American West (Mountains)
 

Periodic Spring

 
 
Periodic Spring Marker image. Click for full size.
By Barry Swackhamer, September 11, 2015
1. Periodic Spring Marker
Inscription. Located 4 miles east of Afton in the Salt River Range, is the largest of three natural springs in the world that is naturally turn of and on. Water flow is interrupted from anywhere between 3 to 30 minutes, generally between the months of August - May. It is thought that a cave behind the spring creates a siphon which causes interruptions of the water flow. Its ability to turn off and on during low discharge stages has fascinated visitors since prehistoric times. Access to the spring is via the Swift Creek Road and requires 3/4 mile hike by trail.
 
Erected by Bridger National Forest.
 
Location. 42° 30.376′ N, 110° 54.49′ W. Marker is near Smoot, Wyoming, in Lincoln County. Marker is on U.S. 89, on the right when traveling north. Click for map. Marker is in this post office area: Smoot WY 83126, United States of America.
 
Other nearby markers. At least 4 other markers are within 12 miles of this marker, measured as the crow flies. Lander Cut-off (here, next to this marker); Lander Cut-off of the Oregon Trail (a few steps from this marker); a different marker also named Lander Cut-off of the Oregon Trail (approx. 5.2 miles away); Osmond (approx. 11.9 miles away).
 
More about this marker. This marker
Detail on the Periodic Spring Marker image. Click for full size.
By Barry Swackhamer, September 11, 2015
2. Detail on the Periodic Spring Marker
is located at the Salt River Pass summit turnout.
 
Also see . . .  Intermittent Falls (Intermittent Spring) - You Tube. This is a time-lapse video clip of the Intermittent Spring near Afton, Wyoming. (Submitted on November 12, 2015, by Barry Swackhamer of San Jose, California.) 
 
Categories. Natural Features
 
Periodic Spring Marker image. Click for full size.
By Barry Swackhamer, September 11, 2015
3. Periodic Spring Marker
 
 
Credits. This page originally submitted on , by Barry Swackhamer of San Jose, California. This page has been viewed 157 times since then and 4 times this year. Last updated on , by Keith S Smith of West Chester, Pennsylvania. Photos:   1, 2, 3. submitted on , by Barry Swackhamer of San Jose, California. • Andrew Ruppenstein was the editor who published this page. This page was last revised on June 16, 2016.
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