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Red Desert

Roadside Attraction Boars Tusk - Red Desert Roadside Attraction Boars Tusk

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RATING: Roadside Attraction
LENGTH: 1 hours

Sat

Sunny, with a high near 68. Southwest wind 6 to 15 mph, with gusts as high as 23 mph.

68 | 38

Sun

Sunny, with a high near 66. South wind 7 to 22 mph, with gusts as high as 31 mph.

66 | 35

Mon

Scattered rain and snow showers. Partly sunny, with a high near 58. Northwest wind 6 to 13 mph. Chance of precipitation is 40%.

58 | 35

Tue

Isolated rain showers after noon. Sunny, with a high near 57. Chance of precipitation is 20%.

57 | 35

Wed

Scattered snow showers. Mostly sunny, with a high near 49.

49 | 30

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SEASON: Any, although summers can be hot. Roads can be difficult to pass in the winter or when wet.

Sat

Sunny, with a high near 68. Southwest wind 6 to 15 mph, with gusts as high as 23 mph.

68 | 38

Sun

Sunny, with a high near 66. South wind 7 to 22 mph, with gusts as high as 31 mph.

66 | 35

Mon

Scattered rain and snow showers. Partly sunny, with a high near 58. Northwest wind 6 to 13 mph. Chance of precipitation is 40%.

58 | 35

Tue

Isolated rain showers after noon. Sunny, with a high near 57. Chance of precipitation is 20%.

57 | 35

Wed

Scattered snow showers. Mostly sunny, with a high near 49.

49 | 30

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The Boars Tusk on the Killpecker Creek Plain.

The Boars Tusk on the Killpecker Creek Plain.

The Boars Tusk is a prominent landmark for those traveling through the northern section of the Red Desert. The feature is what remains of an old volcano and rises about 400' above the surrounding Killpecker Creek Plain and dunes desert that surrounds it. The volcano has been dated to about 2.5 million years ago. The millennia have slowly worn down the Boars Tusk to its current size. It is composed of a brittle rock, Lamproite, that is a fairly uncommon volcanic rock.

Being prominent in the landscape gave it significance both today and in more ancient times. Modern hikers and travelers use it as a reference point when exploring that area of the red desert, as surely ancient people did. The Red Desert was home to the Eastern Shoshone and Northern Arapaho tribes, who's cultures had lore around the Boars Tusk. In Northern Arapaho, the Boars Tusk is called The Parents because of how it resembles two people from certain perspectives.

Note: Until recently, the feature was also occasionally climbed by rock climbers at a moderate grade to take in the views of the surround plains from a lofty perch. The BLM has closed the route due to its geological and cultural significance, as well as concerns about damage that was occurring to the feature from climbing. Please respect the closure and do not climb on the Boars Tusk.
One of the locals near the Boars Tusk. We saw a lot of antelope on our visit.

One of the locals near the Boars Tusk. We saw a lot of antelope on our visit.

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