Fremont State Park

Petroglyph Panel at the Park
(Photo by Kreig Rasmussen) 
The Fremont culture was first identified from sites found in 1928 along the Fremont River near Capitol Reef National Park. Archaeologists noticed that structures and artifacts were different from those in Anasazi sites to the south. Unique characteristics included previously unseen pottery types, dew claw moccasins, unfired clay figurines and petroglyphs with trapezoidal body shapes.

In 1983, during construction of Interstate 70 through Clear Creek Canyon, the largest Fremont Village was discovered. After two years of archaeological work, the Fremont Indian State Park and Museum was established by the Utah Legislature in order to preserve Clear Creek Canyon’s treasury of rock art and archaeological sites.

The visitor center includes a museum with information about Fremont and present-day Native Americans. A replica of a Fremont pit house and granary is located nearby. Trails throughout the park allow you to view rock art and visit other points of interest. A short paved interpretive trail begins at the visitor center and is wheelchair accessible. A reconstructed 1880s pioneer cabin is located at the picnic area about a miles east of the visitor center. Tours of the cabin are available by request.

For those visiting the area, it is important to note that Clear Creek Canyon is of deep religious importance to Native Americans. The cliffs and boulders of the canyon are an excellent medium for rock art and many highly preserved examples are found along trails throughout the area. However, rock art’s worst enemy is man. It is tempting to touch the characters, but oils on your skin can damage them. Vandalism is also a threat. It is our responsibility to protect rock are for future generations - please be careful and respectful.

The Fremont Indian State Park and Museum is located along Interstate 70 in Clear Creek Canyon - approximately 20 miles south of Richfield, Utah. Just take exit 17 along I-70 and follow the signs to the visitor center. For information about the Park, please call (435) 527-4631.

Also, the Castle Rock Campground located just a few miles from the museum includes 31 campsites, modern restrooms and access tot he Paiute ATV Trail. Camping reservations can be made by calling (435) 322-3770.