Range Creek Utah Archaeology

Fremont Culture Archaeology with guest archaeologist.

Range Creek – A Wonder of Preservation

Join 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. 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, short walks, 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, outside the locked entrance gate. Our longer trip format than that of other outfitters allows quality time for enjoying the camp setting, a slower and more in-depth experience.

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. A good pair of binoculars is a must! (though CFI will bring several extra pairs and spotting scope).

” 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. 

We’ll meet in Green River at the John Wesley Powell Museum at 1:30 pm 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. Over the next two days, we cover the 14 miles inside the gate to the Wilcox Ranch homestead. The exact stops vary by current conditions and group interest. The last day after lunch, we depart Range Creek about 2:30 pm, arriving back at Green River about 4:30 pm.

Participant reviews:

” I cannot say enough good things about our guest expert and our camp cook/support guides from CFI.  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



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.

Activity Levels


Up to one mile round trip hikes on relatively flat trails with up to 250 feet of elevation gain per day. One optional walk involves a shallow creek crossing.


  • Where: Western Book Cliffs between Green River and Price, Utah
  • When: June 04, 2021 through June 06, 2021
  • What months available: It may be possible to arrange an additional date for a custom private trip - subject to permit and faculty availability. At least 90 days notice is needed.
  • Number of Days/Nights: Two days and two nights
  • Group Size: Minimum 5, maximum 8
  • Age Group: Adults and youth 16+
  • Deadline for Signup:
  • Cost per Person: 2021 Fees TBA
  • Deposit: $300 (non-refundable) applies to total due
  • Notes:
    • Trip meets at 1:30 pm at the John Wesley Powell River History Museum in Green River, UT. We return to the Museum by 4:00 pm on the last day.  There is an option to start earlier and end later from Moab with the CFI crew.
    • Trip price will include a $50 donation to our tuition assistance fund for CFI school programs. Thank you!
    • Lodging the night prior to our trip and for the night of the last day when we return to Green River is not included in your trip fee. Please make advance reservations in Green River or the location of your choice for these nights; it is a busy time in our region.
    • CFI activity level is moderate. This is mostly a vehicle tour with very short walks to sites.  Camping is at approximately 7,000 ft elevation.
    • Click here to read our cancellation policy.