Range Creek Archaeology
Hidden deep within the Western Bookcliffs of southeastern Utah, Range Creek Canyon is managed for prehistoric Fremont Culture research by the Utah Museum of Natural History.
From CFI’s base camp at the locked access gate, we spend several days exploring the canyon, not only learning about prehistoric peoples but exceptional geological features and wildlife that frequent this rugged country.
A Unique Archaeological Experience
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 three operating permits available, CFI offers an in-depth guided trip into this beautiful, remote area. Additionally, this trip features 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. 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!
"The wonderful staff helped make our dream come true. We have wanted to see Range Creek for a long time, and it finally happened! Jamie was an incredible guide/ archeologist! The guides took such good care of us. They truly care about their clients and go above and beyond to make sure we are happy."
- Max and Melanie, Oregon
Western Book Cliffs near Price, Utah
August 23, 2023 through August 25, 2022
Minimum: 6, 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 entrance fees to the Prehistoric Museum and to Range Creek special management area.
- Fee includes a $100 donation to youth programs.
- Bring your own sleeping gear or rent quality sleeping bag, thick pads, cot, or a tent from CFI
All participants on our adult seminars and on our private trips are required to be fully vaccinated.