If you’ve ever been driving along Interstate 70, just outside of Richfield, Utah, then you’ve probably seen a sign for the Fremont Indian State Park and Museum. The blink-and-you’ll-miss-it state park is located along the freeway, in Clear Creek Canyon. Although the detour might not seem worth it to you, we’re here to inform you otherwise.
The state park was founded in 1980 to honor and preserve the heritage of the Fremont and Paiute Indians. As the official website states, “One thousand years ago, the valleys along what is now Interstate 70 near Sevier, Utah were home to the largest community of Fremont Indians ever discovered. Their rock art and structures are still visible in the canyons of Fremont Indian State Park”
The first thing to do is stop by the museum and visitor center. There you can watch an informative film, look at the artifacts and exhibits, and participate in hands-on activities. You can also take guided ranger tours of the abundant rock art in the area. We recommend that you take the time to do one of the many short hikes – especially the Cave of One Hundred Hands Trail. Don’t go home without checking out this unforgettable cave.
The park also provides access to the Paiute ATV Trail, one of the largest network of off-road vehicle trails in the state. So if you want to find a great launching point for the 2,000 miles of ATV trails, head to the Castle Rock campground in the Fremont Indian State Park.
The Fremont Indian State Park and Museum is open daily (excluding Thanksgiving, Christmas, and New Year’s Day) from 9am to 5pm. The camping facilities at Castle Rock campground include the opportunity to stay in a Teepee (for 30 dollars per night). A six dollar fee is charged for each entering vehicle.