An Overview



This fourteen mile long “slice” of the past presents modern day researchers with the unexpected and unprecedented opportunity to study human adaptation in a variety of environmental settings that are physically linked in a single integrated and definable system.  Completing an archaeological inventory of the more than 50,000 critical acres drained by Range Creek is a daunting task and will take decades to complete.  Research opportunities for scientists and their students are limited only by their imagination and current technology, both of which will continue to become more sophisticated in the future.

Read more about Range Creek's prehistory.


In 1884, Deputy U.S. Surveyor, Augustus Ferron discovered a small, perennial stream in a remote and unoccupied canyon on the plateau. He called the stream Ranch Creek.

Read more about Range Creek's history.


Towering cliffs and steep unstable slopes make access to Range Creek difficult. The formidable nature of the natural setting is undoubtedly part of the reason that the archaeological record is so well preserved but presents a challenge to researcher's trying to gain access to sites.

Read more about Range Creek's geography and geology.


From the headwaters of Range Creek at about 10,000 feet above sea level to its confluence with the Green River thirty miles and 6000 feet lower, Range creek flows through several easily recognizable plant communities.

Read more about Range Creek's plants.


The animals of Range Creek are completely wild and we work hard to keep it that way. 

Read more about Range Creek's animals.