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Tour by Vehicle and Hike This 1,000 Year Old Untouched Area

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Enjoy a day of discovery among the artifacts left behind a thousand years ago by a once prominent Fremont population. Range Creek is hidden in the Book Cliffs of Eastern Utah and contains some of the best preserved Native American sites in the Southwest. Recently featured in National Geographic Magazine, this this amazing valley and piece of pre-history was until recently privately owned and closed to the public. The Utah Division of Wildlife and BLM now carefully limit and manage access.

Waldo Wilcox, former owner donor of Range Creek.

CFI Naturalists and DWR Representatives will help narrate the story of this unique landscape, the people who lived here, how they lived, and why they eventually left.

The day includes a visit to the ranch house and stories about the cowboy who previously owned the land, and knows it almost as well as the Fremont Indians that preceded him.

Learn more about Range Creek at

or see the August, 2006 issue

of National Geographic or

A good pair of binoculars is a must! We encourage participants to visit The College of Eastern Utah Prehistoric Museum in Price on your own the day before if coming from the west (open 7 days a week 9 am to 6 pm, entrance fee) excellent displays on Fremont culture including the famous Pillings figurines and other artifacts collected from regional sites in early days.


Our regular weekend overnight tour allows plenty of time to explore and enjoy the canyon. We meet in Green River, meeting at John Wesley Powell Museum at 1:00 pm. Park your vehicle here and travel on with a CFI Naturalist-Guide to enter the Bookcliffs at Horse Canyon. We follow a steep rough road for about an hour and reach locked gate protecting the canyon. here, we set up a comfortable camp in lovely meadow under pine trees. We explore by foot a rock art site near the camp. After delicious dinner, we learn more about the area history. The next day, after breakfast we are met by a Utah Division of Wildlife officer that escorts our group and shares site locations, preservation issues and plans. Our tour takes us all the way in the 14 miles to the Wilcox Ranch homestead; we visit several other sites on our return, departing Range Creek about 3:30 and arriving back at Green River about 5:00 pm. Delicious healthly meals included from dinner through lunch the next day.

Small group, 5 min-9maximum participants.

Hiking with Llamas in Dark Canyon Wilderness SPECIAL Lodge Trip TO RANGE CREEK WITH A STAY AT TAVAPUTS GUEST RANCH... we can arrange a private custom trip for your group that combines the best of two worlds: our comprehensive CFI expert interpretation and a delightful stay at the Tavaputs Plateau Guest Ranch. The Ranch is operated by Butch and Jeanie Wilcox Jensen and family and is located at 9,000 feet elevation in aspen forests on the West Tavaputs Plateau (delightful in the summer months!) This trip include two nights staying in comfy guest cabins, enjoying delicious home grown and home cooked meals by Jeanie, short vehicle and hiking tours with Butch featuring pioneer history and wildlife sightings. CFI naturalist highlights geology, wildflowers and more. Optional hiking and horseback riding are available. A full day tour of Range Creek canyon is featured. We start in Moab UT, drive one way and then do a 1 hour SCENIC FLIGHT return on the last morning over the spectacular Green River Canyon. Minimum of 6 needed to arrange this trip; 90 days notice needed for ranch, flight and Range Creek reservations. Call to obtain current price quote.

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