Fremont Indian State Park and Museum
- History: Discover the many artifacts, petroglyphs, and pictographs.
- Pithouse and Granary: Climb into the subterranean chambers to see the Fremont Indian shelter and storage dwellings.
- Clear Creek Canyon Rock Art: See the ancient stories the Fremont Indians told with their petroglyphs and pictographs.
- Fishlake National Forest: Fishlake is the largest natural mountain lake in Utah.
- Hiking: Explore the nearby hiking trails and keep your eyes peeled for wildlife.
- Stargazing: Fremont Indian State Park is a certified International Dark Sky Park.
Things To Do
After checking out the pottery, baskets, arrowheads and other artifacts in the museum, take a stroll through the Parade of Rock Art. The 0.3 mile (0.48 kilometer) trail follows a paved path that loops around the cliffs of Little Dog Canyon behind the Visitor Center. You'll see several panels of petroglyphs including the Paiute Creation Story.
In addition to hiking trails (see below), this area is also very popular amoung ATV riders. The impressive Paiute ATV Trail runs through Fremont Indian State Park. The complex trail is one of the largest and most impressive ATV trails in the world and includes opportunities to escape into the forest or explore towns and heritage sites.
And be sure to stick around after dark for some unparalled stargazing. Fremont Indian State Park is located deep within Clear Creek Canyon. The canyon and surrounding mountains serve as a light pollution buffer for the area. Tourists who come to the park to observe its starry skies are carrying forward an ancient tradition of communing with the cosmos, as canyon wall carvings of celestial bodies suggest early local inhabitants kept record of astronomical phenomena.
Best Hiking Trails
There are at least ten easy, short hikes at Fremont Indian State Park. An interconnectd trail system leads hikers past rock art left behind by the Fremont Indians. Some of the trails are loop trails and some are out-and-back; all are less than one mile.
- Centennial Trail
Easy (5.1 miles/8.2 kilometers)
A loop trail that has an elevation gain of 314 feet (95 meters) and parallels the park road. It will lead you by many examples of Fremont Rock art and can be cut in half at the cutoff point. The 0.5 mile (0.80 kilometer) climb to Five Finger Ridge provides great views.
- Parade of Rock Art Trail
Easy (0.3 miles/0.48 kilometers)
This loop trail has an elevation gain of 26 feet (7.9 meters) and follows a paved path that loops around the cliffs of Little Dog Canyon behind the Visitor Center. You'll see several panels of petroglyphs including the Paiute Creation Story.
- The Court House of Ceremonies Trail
Easy (0.5 mile/0.80 kilometers)
This loop trail is an extension of the Parade of Rock Art trail and has an elevation gain of 95 feet (29 meters). The interpretive trail leads up a narrow canyon where you can see rock art panels displaying initiative ceremonies.
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