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Explore Utah's secret canyon

Steve Maxfield

Explore Utah's secret canyon

By Carbon Corridor | Posted - Mar. 19, 2021 at 9:18 a.m.



Range Creek Canyon, located in the Carbon Corridor, is a deep canyon cut into the Tavaputs Plateau. The canyon is often referred to as Utah's Secret Canyon, as it was held as private land until 2003 when the landowner, recognizing the significance of the archaeological remains scattered throughout the canyon, sold the land to the state of Utah to ensure its preservation and protection. Archaeologists have discovered hundreds of sites that once belonged to the Fremont people tucked into the hills and valleys throughout the years.

Explore Utah's secret canyon
Photo: Layne Miller

This canyon serves as a time capsule that very few have access to see. Only three groups can take vehicles into Range Creek Canyon, and Carbon County Recreation is one of the lucky few. On this exclusive tour, you will be guided by local experts who have spent years exploring the nearly pristine landscape and learning about the Native Americans that lived there. The tour will highlight the different Fremont structures found in the canyon. Some of the archeological sites have not even been excavated yet, making every tour unique as more information is uncovered.

Explore Utah's secret canyon
Photo: Layne Miller

Your tour of Range Creek Canyon will start in Price, where you will then travel as a group into the scenic canyon, just as the sun is rising. Once arriving at the gates, you will be greeted with breathtaking views of the canyon from the mountain's peak. As your journey descends into the canyon you will see rock art, granaries, and a number of pithouse villages. Deep in the canyon, you will get to explore the Wilcox Family Ranch House, home to the family that cared for this land for many generations.

While enjoying lunch from one of the local Carbon Corridor eateries, you will hear from a Utah Natural History Museum employee who lives in the canyon for most of the year. On the way back through the canyon, your afternoon will be filled with more stops at archaeological sites, granaries, and a number of rock art formations, created over a thousand years ago. It is a full day of exploring and learning that ends back in Price, just in time to explore dinner options in the Corridor.

Tours typically book up within days of the dates being announced, so if you are interested, be sure to book as soon as possible. If the date you are interested in is booked, a private tour is another option. Private tours can be arranged for up to 21 participants.

The Carbon Corridor is where all South Eastern Utah vacations start. Whether you are heading to Goblin Valley, Moab, Arches, or Canyonlands, the Carbon Corridor should be your first stop for adventure. With museums, hiking, biking, and so much more, the Carbon Corridor is perfect for any adventure you have your heart set on! What are you waiting for? Book your tour of Range Creek Canyon and start planning your trip today! Visit us at www.carboncorridor.com to book your tour and learn about all that the Carbon Corridor has to offer!

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