The tour, which is scheduled for July 13-14, is a rare opportunity to visit the extremely well-preserved Fremont culture ruins, artifacts and rock art that until recently was closed to public access.
The protected canyon, located in the Book Cliffs east of Price, was first opened to the public in 2004, after decades of being closed to public access by the private rancher who owned it, Waldo Wilcox. Wilcox recognized the value of the remains that he saw in the area and protected it by erecting a gate with “no trespassing” signs on the only road leading into the area. In 2001, he sold the property to the state of Utah.
State archaeological authorities are developing a plan for carefully protecting and studying the cultural resources in the canyon. Archaeological interest is high due to the undisturbed nature of the site. In December 2009, the state turned over stewardship of Range Creek to the University of Utah archaeology staff as part of a land swap deal.
CFI is one of only a few companies that have been granted tour permits for the canyon.
For the July 13 tour, local naturalist and anthropologist Rebecca Martin will lead a small group (limited to nine) on a two-day overnight trip that will include visits with University of Utah researchers.
The tour is typically priced at $400, but CFI is offering the July 13-14 trip to locals for $240. Transportation, meals and access fees are included. The overnight campsite is located at 6,800 feet in elevation in the ponderosa pines. Participants will learn about prehistoric Fremont culture, pioneers, geology and wildlife. The trip involves moderate hiking of up to two miles round-trip.
For more information, visit cfimoab.org/trips/range-creek-archaeology-jul, email CFI at email@example.com or call 435-259-7750. Spots are available on a first-come, first-served basis.