Backpacker Magazine Range Creek: Range Creek Canyon 

Utah's Range Creek hides the most intact Native American artifacts in the United States. Get there now--while you can still play archaeologist.


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Author: Backpacker Magazine
Date: 29 Mar 2008 6:24:09 PM
Activity: Hiking
State: Utah (UT)
Distance: 29.19 mi  (Change units)
Survey Elevation: Total Gain: 8713 ft
Total Loss: 8616 ft
Net Change: 97 ft
Difficulty: 5 / 10
USGS Topo Map: Lighthouse Canyon
Tags: Range Creek, Utah
Rating:   1 rating(s) Rate it

Journey to Utah's remote Range Creek, where stunning Native American artifacts remained a local secret for decades.

CAMPING: Designated campsites within the canyon are in the works, but for now it's prohibited. For overnight forays, pitch your tent outside the North Gate.

WATER: Some hikers filter water from Range Creek, but pack in your own (one gallon per person per day). This creek is downstream from cattle country.

SEASON: Spring and fall, with highs in the 60s and chilly nights, are primo.

PERMITS: Required ($5 per person per day) and only available at Utah's Division of Wildlife Resources website (wildlife.utah.gov/range_creek).

TO TRAILHEAD: From Salt Lake City, take 1-15 south for 47 miles. Merge onto US 6 toward Price/Manti. Drive 83 miles to UT 123, turn east and cruise another 8.5 miles until you reach an intersection. Go straight toward the brick buildings of the Horse Canyon Mine. Turn left at the Range Creek sign one mile past the mine buildings. Turn left and continue 8.9 miles on the unpaved winding road until you reach the North Gate camping area and the trailhead. Four wheel drive is recommended.

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BAR01

Distance: 3.76 mi Points: 265
Total Time: none Speed: 0.0 mph Pace: 0:00 / mi
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Barton Canyon

NEL01

Distance: 1.64 mi Points: 512
Total Time: none Speed: 0.0 mph Pace: 0:00 / mi
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Nelson Canyon

BER01

Distance: 2.56 mi Points: 1164
Total Time: none Speed: 0.0 mph Pace: 0:00 / mi
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Bear Canyon

RCC01

Distance: 21.23 mi Points: 1448
Total Time: none Speed: 0.0 mph Pace: 0:00 / mi
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Range Creek Canyon

Points of Interest

RAN002

Location: 39.465481, -110.236382
Mouth of Dry Canyon

RAN003

Location: 39.459488, -110.231628
Bear Canyon to west

RAN004

Location: 39.449261, -110.226448
Mouth of Barton Creek

RAN005

Location: 39.434193, -110.222183
Nelson Canyon to W

RAN006

Location: 39.423164, -110.209145
Calf Canyon to SW

RAN007

Location: 39.408852, -110.181602
Mouth of Cherry Meadow Canyon

RAN008

Location: 39.399452, -110.177803
Lighthouse Canyon spills in from the north

RAN009

Location: 39.381340, -110.145134
Dilly Canyon

RAN001

Location: 39.476643, -110.243896
Gate: Head south into Range Creek


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