During construction of Interstate 70, ruins from a large ancient Fremont Indian village were uncovered. This museum was built to preserve treasures from the site, including pottery, baskets and arrowheads. The ancient people decorated many nearby cliff walls with unique rock art. Spend a few hours at the museum, tour the rock art sites and then camp at nearby Castle Rock Campground.(*)
Discover artifacts, petroglyphs, and pictographs left behind by the Fremont Indians. During construction of Interstate 70, the largest known Fremont Indian village was uncovered. This museum preserves treasures from the site, including pottery, baskets, and arrowheads. Spend a day at the museum, take a hike on the trails, and then camp at nearby Castle Rock Campground or Sam Stowe Campground.(*)
The park has an a cool list of points of interest to see and learn about, I’ll gather pictures of them all here.
- Point Of Interest #1 Rim Trail
- Point Of Interest #2 Canyon of Life trail
- Point Of Interest #3 Alma Christensen trail
- Point Of Interest #4 Five Finger Ridge
- Point Of Interest #5 Parade Of Rock Art Trail
- Point Of Interest #6 Court Of Ceremonies Trail
- Point Of Interest #7 Canyon Overlook
- Point Of Interest #8 Hidden Secrets Trail
- Point Of Interest #9 Cave Of A Hundred Hands Trail
- Point Of Interest #10 Arch Of Art Trail
- Point Of Interest #11 Centennial Cabin Trail
- Point Of Interest #12 Sheep Shelter Trail
- Point Of Interest #13 Spider Woman Rock Trail
- Point Of Interest #14 Geology Trail
- Jedediah Strong Smith
- Pioneering Utah
- Sam Stowe Canyon
The Mule Canyon is an ancestral puebloan ruin located on Cedar Mesa in Southeastern Utah. Well preserved Pueblo surface ruins found at this site are over 700 years old. The ruin complex includes above-ground and underground dwellings: a kiva and tower which have been excavated and stabilized as well as a block of twelve rooms. The BLM has constructed a canopy to protect the kiva. Interpretive signing and vault toilets are provided. The site is handicapped accessible and well signed on the highway. The site is open year round and there is no admission fee.
Buried in Stone
The San Rafael Swell is a kaleidoscope of colors splashed across a rugged landscape of cliffs, canyons, arches and pinnacles. Erosion sculpts the stone, but the environment in which it was deposited determines its color. In general, the brighter colors, red, yellow, and orange, are present in rocks deposited where oxygen was present. Examples of these environments are sand dunes and floodplain material higher then the water table. The duller colors, gray, light green, and purple, are present in rocks where there was no oxygen as they were deposited. These would be formed at the bottom of an inland sea or below a water table. These boggy places also trapped the bodies of dinosaurs ad preserved their bones as fossils. The Cleavland-Lloyd Dinosaur Quarry to the north of here has yielded hundreds of dinosaur fossils. This world famous quarry has produced more dinosaur mounts for display in museums then any other in the world, all thanks to the amazing fosilization of these once boggy areas now in front of you and all around you, take a minute to look at how different this place once was.
St. George Dinosaur Discovery Site at Johnson Farm
2180 E Riverside Dr
Saint George, UT 84790
Mon-Sat 10 am – 6 pm
Sun 11 am – 5 pm
We stopped by the dinosaur site a couple weeks ago, it was interesting and fun for the kids. I think it was $27 for our family of two adults and four kids.
The kids enjoyed it, there wasn’t a lot to see but it was cool to see what kind of tracks and such were found there in our very own St. George. They had a video, some models, many, many tracks and a place for kids to make origami.
It was worth it to see once, probably not twice.
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Across the street from Glass Images in Orem is a marker that describes a pretty cool finding:
Orem Mammoth Site
The expansion of Orem’s culinary water system required the digging of trenches the length and breadth of the town, as new residents moved into the community and built homes throughout what was once a sage brush covered wasteland. However, some of the farm homes which had been built prior to Orem’s incorporation in 1919 were not connected to the culinary water system for more than 40 years. One of those was the home of Daniel Thomas. Encouraging residents to avail themselves of culinary water, Orem offered to connect them to the water mains, if homeowners would provide the plumbing out to the street. One crisp November day in 1937, Thomas was digging his water trench when he unearthed what appeared to be a large tooth. Further excavations by University of Utah archaeologists revealed the remains of a hairy mammoth, the Ice Age precursor to the modern elephant. In a full-blown archaeological dig, according to local newspapers, there was found a complete skeleton of a mammoth that lived in the Great Basin millennia ago.
Spectators were attracted to the Thomas property to observe the scientists at work and to view the remains of the extinct animal. Thomas took delight in showing off the mammoth bones to the crowds coming to the dig. The archaeologists wrapped each bone in burlap as it was exhumed from the ground. The strain of digging the water trench brought on a stroke and Thomas died in January 1938 – two months after finding the mammoth tooth. The Thomas home was razed in May 1993 and replaced with a commercial building.
Today the bones taken from this Orem homestead reside in a private collection at the University of Utah’s museum of Natural History. The skull is on public display in the museum, mounted on a block within easy reach of visitors who can touch a fascinating piece of Orem’s prehistory.
Orem Mammoth Site