Page 4–The Geologic Record Vol. 2.1
Winter 1996


A Place to Visit


Point of Rocks


Morton County,





Capped by the Ogallala Formation, Point of Rocks overlooks the Cimarron River in west-central Morton County. A landmark on the Santa Fe Trail’s Cimarron Cut-off (known as the Dry Route), this outcrop signalled water—the nearby Middle Spring—to thirsty travelers. Present-day travelers can see numerous wagon ruts from these earlier campers. Point of Rocks is located west of K-27, about 10 miles north of Elkhart in the Cimarron National Grasslands. Photo by J. Charlton.

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