The recent public unveiling of an archeological bonanza along Range Creek east of Price reminds us once again that Utahns live in a culturally historic geographic area.
Kudos especially in this instance to Waldo Wilcox! He’s the rancher whose family kept the place virtually secret for 50-years thereby preserving the stunningly pristine nature of the thousands of archaeological sites and pre-Columbian artifacts in the area.
However, now that the state of Utah has acquired the land, and its location has gained national attention, come several critical challenges.
Foremost, the vast area must somehow be protected from those who would rifle the sites. Based on what’s happened elsewhere, treasure seekers who lack regard for the law as well as the historic, cultural and scientific value of what exists are a huge concern.
Next, is the pressing need to document all that is there in order to gain greater understanding of those who inhabited the region a thousand years ago. Along the way, a satisfactory means must be found to allow the public to enjoy a journey back in time - to view and admire what is there. All of this must be done within the context of respecting Native American tradition.
In KSL’s view, Range Creek is an astonishing treasure worthy of preserving, studying and enjoying.