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Fremont Indian State Park and Museum, Sevier

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State Park History Museum
Fremont Indian State Park and Museum is a state park of Utah, US, which interprets archaeological remains of the Fremont culture. The park is located in Sevier County, Utah in the Clear Creek Canyon.The park directly adjoins Interstate 70 as it travels up the Clear Creek Canyon, and thus is highly accessible by auto. The nearest town with full services (motels, etc.) is Richfield. There are campgrounds and RV parks in the area as well.The site was discovered during construction of Interstate 70, and thousands of artifacts have been excavated from the ancient village and put on permanent display at the museum there. The museum offers hiking trails and picnic areas.The Fremont Indians were agriculturalists who lived from about 400 to 1300 in north and central Utah and adjacent parts of Colorado, Idaho and Nevada. The Fremont are thought to have come from hunter-gatherers who previously lived in this location and were influenced by the Ancient Pueblo Peoples who introduced corn and pottery, making year-round settlements possible.CultureThe area occupied by the state park was once inhabited by indigenous peoples associated with the Fremont Culture. They were part-time farmers who lived in scattered semi-sedentary farmsteads and small villages. They made pottery, built houses and food storage facilities, and raised maize. The numerous petroglyphs and cultural artifacts located within the park are testament to the artistic proclivities of the Fremont People.The earliest Fremont sites are five centuries older than Ancestral Pueblo, which therefore cannot be the main source of Fremont culture. Fremont basketry is continuous from earlier local Archaic forms, so most archaeologists conclude that the culture arose mainly as the result of Mogollon influence on Great Basin hunter-gatherers. The Fremont theme has several variations, but there are common traits, including ceramics, clay figurines, petroglyphs styles, and settlement styles.
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  • I live in Utah and had heard about this place, but never been. I was working in Richfield for business and found this. This is an excellent museum with unique, intact, and ancient Indian artifacts. So...  more »
  • Needed a restroom. Saw the "visitor's center" sign, so got off the freeway and stopped. Noticed very interesting exhibits, but we were in a hurry and left. A mile down the road, we said we have to go ...  more »
  • I have visited Anasazi State Park in Boulder more than once, and enjoyed it completely. The museum at the Fremont State Park is similar, and equally as intriguing. What sets this park apart are the am...  more »
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  • We went on a day they were having an open house so no entry fee and we got a guided tour with lots of interesting facts. Fun stuff to purchase in the gift shop.
  • What a cool place! We arrived in the middle of the night in a terrible thunder storm, paid the iron ranger, and took shelter in a teepee for the night. It was perfect. It could not have been more perfect. We woke up in a majestic canyon with chimney rocks all around and a creek flowing behind us.
  • Great park with a lot to offer inside and out. Hiking trails, interesting (and reasonably priced) museum, camping.
  • Loved the museum. The tour was educational. Loved the stories about the petroglyphs. Great place.
  • Amazingly interesting place, beautiful gift shop. Admission a little pricey.