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Yellowstone National Park in Park County, Wyoming — The American West (Mountains)
 

Sheepeater Cliff

 
 
Sheepeater Cliff Marker image. Click for full size.
By Richard Denney, May 10, 2015
1. Sheepeater Cliff Marker
Inscription. This cliff was named for the Shoshone Indians who lived throughout this mountainous region.
Their use of bighorn sheep earned them the name "Tukadika" or "Sheepeaters".
The cliff is basalt lava that formed "columnar joints" when it cooled nearly 500,000 years ago.
 
Location. 44° 53.481′ N, 110° 43.776′ W. Marker is in Yellowstone National Park, Wyoming, in Park County. Marker is on Sheepeater Cliff Road 0.3 miles east of U.S. 89, on the left when traveling east. Touch for map. Marker is about 6.5 miles south of Mammoth Hot Springs, at the end of a narrow access road. Marker is in this post office area: Yellowstone National Park WY 82190, United States of America.
 
Other nearby markers. At least 8 other markers are within 6 miles of this marker, measured as the crow flies. The Golden Gate (approx. 3 miles away); Obsidian Cliff (approx. 4.7 miles away); Orange Spring Mound (approx. 5.2 miles away); A Changing Landscape (approx. 5.4 miles away); Fort Yellowstone (approx. 5 miles away); Yellowstone National Park Chapel (approx. 5.8 miles away); A Sense of Community (approx. 5.8 miles away); a different marker also named A Sense of Community (was approx. 5.9 miles away but has been reported permanently removed. ). Touch for a list and map of all markers in Yellowstone National Park.
 
Also see . . .
Gardner River Valley image. Click for full size.
By Richard Denney, May 10, 2015
2. Gardner River Valley
A view up the Gardner River Valley near the base of the cliff. Additional cliffs are visible in distance.
 National Park Service video. Sheepeater Cliff was named by Yellowstone Superintendent Philetus Norris after a visit to the area in 1879. Learn more about the cliff and about Sheepeater Indians in this short video. Duration: 2 minute 30 seconds (Submitted on May 25, 2015, by Richard Denney of Austin, Texas.) 
 
Additional keywords. geology
 
Categories. Native Americans
 
Sheepeater Cliff image. Click for full size.
By Richard Denney, May 10, 2015
3. Sheepeater Cliff
Marker visible in foreground
 
 
Credits. This page was last revised on September 18, 2018. This page originally submitted on May 25, 2015, by Richard Denney of Austin, Texas. This page has been viewed 283 times since then and 21 times this year. Last updated on September 16, 2018, by Craig Baker of Sylmar, California. Photos:   1, 2, 3. submitted on May 25, 2015, by Richard Denney of Austin, Texas. • Bill Pfingsten was the editor who published this page.
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