A special chance to base camp in this remote canyon and learn about human history, geology and wildlife.
A Unique Archaeological Experience
Hidden deep within the Western Bookcliffs of southeastern Utah, Range Creek Canyon offers an unparalleled resource of relatively undisturbed archaeological sites. Until recently, this private land was inaccessible to exploration. Range Creek Canyon is now managed by the University of Utah Museum of Natural History (UMNH.) With one of the only operating permits available, CFI offers an indepth guided trip into this beautiful, remote area that lies just north of Highway 6 & 50. This trip now starts in Price, Utah and includes an introductory session and behind the scenes tour with the Curator of the USU Prehistoric Museum.
Learn, Relax, Explore
Our combination of naturalist guides, guest experts, and truck supported camping offers the perfect combination of amenities and education. From a comfortable base camp, we drive and walk to various sections of the canyon featuring prehistoric and historic sites. CFI guides will give an overview of the canyon geologic and economic history, as well as local fauna and flora. CFI provides advance suggested readings and online content; during the trip guides handle logistics, camp support and prepare hearty, fresh meals. Our evenings are spent on short walks from camp and discussing the day’s findings. CFI’s combination of guest experts, local connections and experienced leadership ensures that your time spent exploring Range Creek Canyon will be informative and memorable.
Read the trip narrative and learn more about our guest faculty, Jamie Hollingsworth, below!
Visitors from far away can look at pictures online or in a book of Utah’s rock art, and they do, but the allure goes beyond that: seeing the creations in their true environment is the preferred and optimal way to appreciate them. And it is the preferred and optimal way to appreciate Utah as well.
– Dr. Kevin Jones.
Western Book Cliffs near Price, Utah
August 23, 2023 through August 25, 2022
Minimum: 7, Maximum: 9
Adult and youth16 yrs of age and older
$900 person; $855 CFI members
Vehicle Supported Base Camp, Tent camping, Latrine
- A $300 deposit is required to reserve your spot.
- Fee includes all meals starting from dinner day 1 through lunch day 3.
- Fee includes a $100 donation to youth programs.
- Bring your own sleeping gear or rent quality sleeping bags, thick pads, cot, tent from CFI
All participants on our adult seminars and on our private trips are required to be fully vaccinated.