Heritage - Prehistory

Early History

People have lived in northeastern Utah for at least 10,000 years. The hunter-gatherer groups that lived here for the majority of that time left subtle remains that have often been erased by the passage of time and later peoples. Learn more about the Paleoindian and Archaic people of northeastern Utah »

Uinta Fremont

The most visible prehistoric group in Utah archaeologists call the Fremont. The Fremont were a farming group that occupied most of Utah, southern Idaho, and eastern Nevada. The variant that occupied northeastern Utah is called the Uinta Fremont. These farmers crew corn and squash. They also created spectacular rock art, which draws people from around the world today to see places like McConkie Ranch and McKee Spring. We have included some examples from well known panels, as well as a few photos from lesser known locations on the Ashley NF. This page also contains a brief overview of the Fremont and some studies conducted by ANF crew members. In the Site Reports and Publications sections are a number of papers about the Uinta Fremont prepared for professional audiences and serious avocationalists. Read more about the Unita Fremont »

Rock Art

Hunting scene - Pleasant ValleyMost people find rock art fascinating, and much world-class rock art occurs in the area surrounding Ashley National Forest. Rock art is fragile. Read the section on rock art etiquette to find how to visit rock art sites responsibly. Browse through selected images from rock art sites in the northeastern Utah area.