The Fremont Indian State Park is a small museum and collection of petroglyphs and pictographs information off I-70. It is a fun stop to go to with information about the Fremont Indians that lived there along the Clear Creek Canyon. They are named for the explore Fremont who went through that area. You have lots of areas to explore: hiking trails, driving tour and museum with kids center. This is fun for many different ages.
Name: Fremont Indian State Park
Location: Sevier, UT
Length of stay: 2 hours
This has been one of our favorite trips that we have taken. The park is easy to explore and fun. The visitor center has a video and information about the area. You can get a map of the area and a car guild with several stops along the road. You can get out and do several small hikes along the road. I don’t have images of our car drive, but it was fun to read about the information. We have done two trips to this state park.
The “Show Me Rock Trail” outside the the visit center is very small and easy to take kids of all ages. At the visitor center that you can get a map with information on all the stops. The trail is 1/2 a mile long but is a cement sidewalk on the small trail. Each of the stops have a small easy to find marker for each of them. We had fun looking for the petroglyphs and pictographs along the trail. We talked about what we thought about the pictures were. We looking for some things that are similar. The walk is very easy to follow and the information is fun.
The visitor center has two areas the main museum and the Kids Discovery Area. There is a movie you can watch about the park. It is well worth finding about all the things you can do and information available. It does give some history as well.
In the pay area of the visitor center is a museum about the Fremont Indian’s and history of the area. This has some great history and learning for the area. You can see replicas of where villages were found and samples of the artifacts that were found. There are some hands on activities like seeing if you can grind your own corn into flour. My girls really loved that part. There is a replica of a woman that was found. You can listen to her story and her about what her life was like. You can see a pit house broken down into parts and press a button and learn about each part.
The Kids Discovery Area is great area for exploring what you have learned in the museum. The have a replica of the houses that the Fremont Indians lived in. There is lots of room for pretend play and then a discovery center that has lots of books and some science you can explore as well. We read several of the books while we were there. Some of them we ended up purchasing, if they were available. The girls liked climbing the ladder and looking at the different types foods in the house. This is a great way to explore some of what they learn and see and nice way to cool down if you have been outside.
I wanted to take a minute to write about the books we found. They are all about rocks, the native people myths and archeology of the south west.
Everybody Needs a Rock (An Aladdin Book) is a fun book to read. The writing is on the side of the pages and talks about the 10 rules of picking a rock. We really did enjoy this one. It has some fun questions to think about. I love rule #2! Which you will have to read to find it out!
When Clay Sings is a fun book with poems about what you see on the rock and clay pottery. I love the imagery the words bring to each page. You can imagine the movements of the rabbit. This was a fun book to read and each time see what new items you like to learn about. There is some history information about the areas where the images from the book came from as well.
This House is Made of Mud / Esta casa esta hecha de lodo (Reading Rainbow Books) (English, Multilingual and Spanish Edition) is about describing the desert and how it is. This book is in English and Spanish. So it might be fun to read both sides and learn a few new words. The art work is very well done and has a nice look at the desert.
The Great Race of the Birds and Animals is a story of mythology of the Cheyenne and Sioux and I believe it said some others as well. This is about how the buffalo use to eat people and why they stopped. We had fun reading this story and we will be getting other books by Paul Goble to explore a few more of the Native peoples myths.
Corn Is Maize: The Gift of the Indians (Let’s-Read-and-Find-Out Science 2) is a book that we read in the museum and just loved. We got it and when we got home remembered that it was one of our virtual Book Club Authors. You can see the activity we did with the book here: Yarn Corn Activity.
Rocks, Fossils & Arrowheads (Take Along Guides) is great for exploring and learning more about some of the things around us. This is a great take along book as it suggests. You can learn about fossils and some archeology, then do some of the activities in the book. The back of the book has some blank pages so you can write in a few things you learn.
Archaeology for Kids: Uncovering the Mysteries of Our Past, 25 Activities (For Kids series) was a book I picked up for the girls to explore more about history. What I love about the book is that it covers the basics of lots of time periods as well as has activities for them to try as well. The girls have already been exploring the book with me. We just love it. Plus it gives us new ideas to explore during the year.
I hope that you enjoyed our trip review and the books! This was a trip we took and was not sponsored in any way!
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