Fremont Indian State Park and Museum, Sevier

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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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  • Cute sm museum, nice walking trails and very close petroglyphs. They also have a gift shop. Just a fun stop.  more »
  • The combination of professional displays and great short walking trails make this spot a winner. Take the time to chat with the staff to find out about the many local trails to see petroglyphs in situ...  more »
  • One of the nicest visitor center museums I've been to. The petroglyph trail behind the museum isn't too strenuous. Nice picnic area a couple miles east of the museum. Easy on-off I-70.  more »
  • If you are interested in the Fremont Indian culture, this is a great stop. Most of the park is to be explored on your own- many of the petroglyphs and pictographs are unmarked. If you want the National Park experience of driving up to a sight and stretching your elbows for a picture, then hopping back in your car, this isn't the place for you. But if you want a more relaxed atmosphere, the park is great. Don't forget to stop and talk to the park rangers. They have lots of insights and useful information for exploring the area.
  • Such a hidden treasure! Highly recommend for side trip (if that what it requires) so you can enjoy this little gem.
  • Great place to hike and camp. Ancient rock art is everywhere! Beautiful area
  • This is a beautiful state park just off the interstate. The campground was quiet and shady.
  • A fun place to spend an afternoon with you family. Has a great place inside for kids to play

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