Range Creek Archaeology

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A rare chance to see Range Creek Archaeology in the Book Cliffs!

Hidden deep within the Bookcliffs near Moab, Range Creek is rich archeological corridor. We are thrilled to provide this opportunity to explore these relatively unknown sites. Days are spent hiking to spectacular sites, and evenings are spent relaxing beneath the stars around a comfortable base camp. CFI’s combination of topic experts and experienced guides ensures that your time spent exploring Range Creek Archaeology will be informative, comfortable, and exciting.

An educational getaway

The Range Creek Archaeology seminar with a tour of the John Wesley Powell River History Museum in Green River Utah. From there, ditch your cars, and load into our 4-wheel drive vehicles to head into the wilderness. Expert archeologists will guide the group to lesser-known archeology sites providing information about Ancient American tools, architecture, and lifestyles. Guides will set up base camp, cook meals, and make sure you are well rested for the next day’s adventure!

Guided all inclusive adventure

You are here to experience the ancient past! Come ready to immerse yourself within the breathtaking scenery, and let us worry about the details. Your CFI guides are responsible for cooking hearty meals throughout the weekend, driving the rugged roads to our hidden destinations, and providing any necessary first aid and safety gear.

Location:
Western Book Cliffs between Green River, UT
Date:
2022 dates, TBD
Group Size:
Maximum of 8 participants
Cost:
$800, Member price: $760
Accommodations:
Vehicle Supported Base Camp
Challenge:
Level

This is how we rate the challenges you might face on a CFI trip.


Level 1

  • Low level of physical activity, minimal movement required
  • 0 nights spent camping or in the field
  • Hiking or walking 0-2 miles per day

Level 2

  • Medium level of physical activity, some movement required
  • 1-4 nights spent camping or in the field
  • Hiking up to 4 miles per day
  • Flatwater or mild whitewater rapids

Level 3

  • Medium or high level of physical activity
  • 1-5 nights spent camping or in the field
  • Hiking up to 5 miles per day
  • Class I - III whitewater rapids

Level 4 - Challenging

  • High level of physical activity
  • 1-6 nights spent camping or in the field
  • Hiking 5 or more miles per day
  • Class IV whitewater rapids
CFI's Essential Eligibility Criteria outlines specific challenges that you may face on CFI trips. Please consult the EEC for information on responsibilities of participants.

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Dr. Kevin Jones

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.

Guest Faculty

This seminar will be led by Dr. Kevin Jones, currently the owner and Principal Investigator for Ancient Places Consulting, an archaeological and environmental consulting firm based in Pleasant View, Colorado. Kevin has served as a research coordinator and Adjunct Associate Professor for the University of Utah. From 1994-2011, Kevin served as the Utah State Archaeologist for the Utah Division of State History. During his tenure, the privately owned Wilcox Ranch in Range Creek canyon “came to public attention” and was eventually transferred to state ownership. Now gated with restricted access, ongoing research and management is under the direction of the Utah Museum of Natural History. The author of several books, Kevin Jones and photographer Layne Miller recently published Standing on the Walls of Time. 

Kevin will be joined by archaeologist and educator, Ms. Jamie Hollingsworth. Jamie has fourteen years of experience in cultural resource practices on the Colorado Plateau and Great Basin. Her graduate studies and later work at the University of Utah included assisting with research and field school in Range Creek. She has served as Program Archaeologist for Project Discovery, an outreach program serving high school students and annually coordinated a large-scale inter-agency public event, Stewardship Day in the Book Cliffs, Nine Mile Canyon. Jamie currently works as a Project Manager for PaleoWest.

Trip Narrative

Day 1

We’ll meet in Green River at the John Wesley Powell Museum at 1:30 pm the first day to orient ourselves with artifacts from the region. After exploring the museum, we will load into CFI vehicles to drive the steep, rugged road up and over the 8500′ foot pass.

Outside the North Gate, we set up a comfortable base camp. This will be our home for the next few days as we venture into the wilderness. We will take some time to orient ourselves to the new place through reflection, storytelling, and reading from our rich trip library.

Days 2 and 3

Over the next few days, we will visit several rock art panels and a Fremont pit house village. We will view other structures and panels at some distance with binoculars and spotting scopes. We will also visit the Wilcox Ranch homestead which now serves as caretaker quarters and graduate field school base camp. This area is managed by the Utah Museum of Natural History, so the exact itinerary may vary due to current conditions and group interest. We will be in and out of vehicles often, with most sites located near the dirt road. There are longer, optional hikes available as well. 

Day 4

We will enjoy one final breakfast as we reflect on the various sites and ideas we explored throughout the trip. We will pack up our camp and depart from Range Creek after lunch and plan on arriving in Green River at 4:30.

With a small group size, this trip is ideal for creating a strong sense of place in a historic area.

Need to Know

  • CFI staff are trained educators and guides with first aid and CPR certifications. Back-country trips carry satellite communications devices.  
  • All cook and dishware, meals, snacks, and river gear are provided by CFI.

FAQ

Some people say food is the most important part of the adventure. On all our overnight trips, CFI will provide breakfast, lunch, and dinner, a morning and afternoon snack, and an appetizer before dinner. If you have a dietary restriction or food allergy, note it on your medical form so we can best prepare.

Depends on the trip. As a general rule, CFI provides all group gear related to fully outfitting your trip. Specialized gear like PFDs, wetsuits, dry bags, educational materials are all provided by CFI. Additionally, we take care of all kitchen and dishware needs. 

Find out more about trip specific packing.

Most importantly, a willingness to slow down, connect to your surroundings, and experience the moment. Additionally, participants are required to bring a tent, sleeping bag, sleeping pad, personal clothing, medication, and other essential personal items. Many gear items are available for rent. Reach out to us if you are interested in seeing a trip specific packing list, or learn more about trip specific packing here.

CFI provides options to rent gear:

  • Two person tent: $30 / trip
  • Sleeping bag: $20 / trip
  • Kid sleeping pad: $7 / trip
  • Adult sleeping pad (paco pad): $15 / trip
  • Package deal: Sleeping bag, sleeping pad, and one tent per two people: $40 / trip

For any CFI summer camp, gear rentals are free!

Every CFI guide has either a Wilderness First Aid or Wilderness First Responder certification. Your trip leader will have a Wilderness First Responder certification. Anyone working with youth has passed a background check, and shuttle drivers are insured with clean driving records. Backcountry trips carry In-Reach satellite communication devices for emergencies. All guides have been evaluated by Canyonlands Field Institute as possessing the judgement, skills, and disposition required for mitigating risk in the field. 

As technology grows more and more invasive by the day, CFI promotes connection to what matters. To achieve this, all school and youth programs are unplugged and students are not permitted to bring electronic devices. Not only is there rarely cell service, devices are a distraction to our ability to connect to the present moment. On Private Group Trips or Adult Seminars, the use of devices is permitted but discouraged.

CFI works hard to ensure a positive experience for all guides and participants. Because of the unpredictable nature of outfitting, we have created a series of policies so maintain our ability to manage risk in the outdoors.

For critical information regarding cancellations, deposits, and other participant responsibilities, please view our trip policies page or contact us with any questions.

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