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Guidelines for Visiting Range Creek

Planning Your Visit

  • Access to Range Creek Canyon is managed by the Range Creek Field Station, which is administered by the Natural History Museum of Utah.
  • Individual access is limited to pedestrian or horseback travel only.
  • A maximum of 28 visitors per day are allowed into Range Creek Canyon.
  • Overnight camping is allowed outside the North Entrance Gate only.
  • Access into Range Creek Canyon is via a steep and narrow unimproved road. This road is impassable when wet. High clearance vehicles are required and 4-wheel drive is recommended.
  • No food, gas, water or any other services are available in the Canyon. There is no cell phone service.
  • Range Creek is black bear country. Keep a clean camp and store food items in vehicles when not in use. Click here to learn more about Bear Safety
  • Visitors should carry plenty of water and take precautions to guard against heat exhaustion.  Summer temperatures in Range Creek Canyon routinely approach 100 degrees.
  • Plan your trip carefully! Make sure you have enough water and energy reserved for the uphill hike out of the Canyon.

Range Creek Permits

  • Range Creek Canyon is open to individual public visitors who have received a Seasonal Permit and who obtain and carry a Day Permit for their visit. 
  • Each visitor must carry a Range Creek Day Permit and a valid ID while on Field Station Property and produce this documentation at the request of Law Enforcement Officers and/or Field Station Personnel.
  • Seasonal and Day Permits will be available May 15th - November 30th (subject to road and weather conditions)
  • Range Creek Day Permits are only valid for the date specified and may not be transferred or refunded.
  • Permits are only available online.  Permits are not available at the gate or in the canyon.  

Frequently Asked Questions About Visiting Range Creek

Range Creek Map and Directions (.PDF)


Archaeological and Historic Sites

  • It is unlawful for any person to intentionally alter, remove, injure or destroy archaeological and historic sites.
  • While in Range Creek Canyon, please tread lightly and take only photographs.
  • If you witness illegal activity take a stand to protect our heritage by reporting incidents to the appropriate authorities.

Transportation Restrictions

  • Public access to the Range Creek Field Station is via the North Entrance Gate only.
  • Transportation within the Canyon is limited to pedestrian and horse traffic only.
  • No mechanized or motorized traffic is allowed by individual public visitors.

Camping

  • Camping is allowed only outside the Range Creek Field Station, outside the North Entrance Gate.
  • Campfires are only allowed in metal fire pits.
  • Gas stoves and lanterns are allowed.

Animals

  • Well mannered pets are allowed but must be under the control of their owners at all times.
  • Horses are welcome but there are no corrals, pastures, or other accommodations.  Owners must provide weed-free hay.

Hunting and Fishing

  • Fishing and hunting is allowed on Range Creek Field Station property based on current State of Utah Department of Wildlife Resources regulations and seasons.
  • Hunters and anglers must obtain a Range Creek Seasonal Permit, and obtain and carry a Range Creek Day Permit in addition to the appropriate hunting/fishing license. 

Emergency Information

  • The nearest 24 hour emergency facility to Range Creek is located in Price, Utah.
  • Carbon County Dispatch 435-637-0893
  • Emery County Dispatch 435-381-2404