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Hells Half Acre, Casper

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Hell's Half Acre is a large scarp located about 40 miles (64 km) west of Casper, Wyoming on US 20/26. Encompassing 320 acres (1.3 km2), this geologic oddity is composed of deep ravines, caves, rock formations and hard-packed eroded earth. Hell's Half Acre was used as the location for the fictional planet of Klendathu in the movie Starship Troopers.

The location was known as "The Devil's Kitchen", "The Pits of Hades", and "The Baby Grand Canyon" until a cowhand appeared and thought he was at Hell's Half Acre, an area southwest of Casper full of alkali and bogs.

Native American tribes used the ravines to drive bison to their death during their hunts.

As of December 2005, the roadside restaurant and motel/campground sitting atop the ravine were closed. The motel and the abandoned restaurant have since been torn down. The area is fenced off and there is no public access to the cliff edge nor the valley itself, but there is an interpretive sign west of the former restaurant.

As of late July, 2018, the fencing was still in place, but two gates in the fence were open, allowing vehicular access to a large gravel lot (with potholes) and a closer view of the topography.

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  • A short drive off the beaten path, but definitely worth it! The downfall is the fence that surrounds it making it difficult, but not impossible to get some great pictures of this experience. I saw.....  more »
  • We stopped along the way from Thermopolous to Casper. It was on the map and a simple roadside sign. What a surprise because after miles and miles of sagebrush scenery, we didn't exoext such a...  more »
  • It's an amazing place. It's been a few years but remember it quite well. Loved it.
  • One, can walk down into this area. It is so AWESOME!!! Like being on a different planet. In summer months, be sure to carry water with you.

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