Range Creek Utah Archaeology Trip

Fremont Culture Archaeology with guest archaeologists

Range Creek – A Wonder of Preservation

rangecreek01Join us for a rare opportunity to visit Range Creek archaeology sites and prehistoric Fremont rock art in this two day / two-night vehicle trip with interpretive hikes, overnight camping, allows plenty of time to explore and enjoy the canyon. Guest Expert Dr. Kevin Jones will lead us through Range Creek Canyon, an area he has researched and worked in extensively. Our experts narrate the story of this unique landscape, the people who lived here, how they lived, and why they eventually departed. A CFI naturalist guide handles camp, cooking and driving. The trip includes a visit to the ranch homestead, stories about early day settlers as well as information about canyon geology, flora and fauna. We almost always see a “big mammal” of some sort on our trips!

Includes vehicle tour, hikes, and camping, evening program, all meals. Located in the Book Cliffs between Green River and Price, Utah, Range Creek canyon has been recently opened to research and restricted vehicle access after careful protection by local ranching family for many years. Small group, comfortable vehicle supported camp, longer trip allows quality time for exploring, hiking, discussion.

– Vehicle tour with short walks, camp truck supported outside entry gate.
– Mild to Moderate hiking – up to 2 miles round trip.
– A good pair of binoculars is a must! We do visit several rock art panels and a Fremont pit house village up close; other structures and panels are viewed at some distance;  our route and stops are as allowed under contract with the University of Utah that now manages research and public access in Range Creek.

We’ll meet in Green River at the John Wesley Powell Museum at 1:30pm the first day and see a display with artifacts from the region. Park your vehicle here and travel on with a CFI Guides to enter the Book Cliffs at Horse Canyon. Once there, we’ll follow a steep rough road for about an hour, stop for a geology overview at an 8,500’ pass, then drop into Little Horse Canyon and continue on until we reach the locked gate protecting the canyon.

Here, we set up a comfortable camp in a lovely meadow under pine trees. By foot, we’ll visit a rock art site near the camp. After a delicious dinner, we’ll learn more about the area’s preservation issues and geology. Our tour the next day takes us 14 miles to the Wilcox Ranch homestead and then stop at several other sites on our return to our camp. The next morning, we will return into the canyon to visit more sites and depart Range Creek about 1:30, arriving back at Green River about 3:00 p.m.

Delicious healthy meals are included from dinner on the first day through lunch the last day.

There is a minimum number of participants to run the trip. We also keep an eye on the weather as heavy rains or early autumn snow could prevent access.  CFI will refund payment if the minimum is not met one week before or if bad road conditions are forecast 48 hours prior (reschedule or “rain checks” are possible. )

Participant reviews:

” I cannot say enough good things about Dr. Kevin and Rebecca and our camp cook/support guide, Xandra. Coordinating, packing, unpacking, delicious meals, superb guiding and driving and in spite of long and early hours. They remained pleasant, humble, always aware of client needs… and shared a wealth of interesting knowledge.”

Susan Zanoli, Montrose, CO

Our two guides, Rebecca Martin and Meghan Montgomery, were knowledgeable, complemented each other extremely well with their different expertise (cultural anthropology and environmental biology), and were experienced campers which made our stay in camp superlative……… We certainly got more out of the visit that we had anticipated and thoroughly enjoyed our trip. Being able to take advantage of CFI’s outfitting permit which allowed us to drive in surely enabled us to see more of the site than we would have been able to without it, and seeing the original Wilcox ranch brought everything into better context for us.”

Waldo Wilcox, former owner and donor of Range Creek.

A satisfied participant, Pennsylvania, USA

Discover how Range Creek is a field school for the University of Utah’s Department of Anthropology.

Read the Smithsonian Magazine’s article Secrets of the Range Creek Ranch.

Learn about the Range Creek Research Project at the Natural History Museum of Utah website.

Here’s a National Geographic Explorer article: Waldo Wilcox: Range Creek’s Fremont Artifacts




Activity Levels


Up to one mile hikes on relatively flat trails with up to 250 feet of elevation gain per day.

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  • by ACTIVE Network
  • Where: Western Book Cliffs between Green River and Price, Utah
  • When: June 09, 2017 through June 11, 2017
  • When: October 12, 2017 through October 14, 2017
  • What months available: Inquire about possible custom, private trip options; limited entry dates May 15 through October 15, 2016 depending on permit availability.
  • Number of Days/Nights: 3 Days, 2 Nights - All trips meet afternoon day 1 through late afternoon last day
  • Group Size: Minimum 5, maximum 8
  • Age Group: Adults and Youth 16 and over (Youth fee same as Adult)
  • Deadline for Signup: 1 week prior to trip date in order for names to be submitted for permit.
  • Cost per Person: $595 includes transportation, meals, entry fees and expert guide
  • Deposit: $300, non-refundable, applies to total due
  • Notes:
    • Trip meets and ends in Green River, UT; Moab option available.
    • Call to arrange a custom private trip – subject to permit and faculty availability
    • Click here to read our cancellation policy.