Tuesday, May 03, 2011

Family Vacation Series: Fremont Indian State Park

We stumbled upon the Fremont Indian State Park last October while in Central Utah, and it is now one of our favorite places to visit! There is so much to see, you could easily spend a week discovering fun things! Read about our adventure on our post page

Visitor Center and Museum Hours:
   Summer - 9 a.m. to 6 p.m.
   Winter - 9 a.m. to 5 p.m.
      (seven days a week)
Holiday Closures:
   Thanksgiving, Christmas, and New Year's Day

Day Visits:
   $3 Per Person or $6 Per Vehicle
   $75 Annual Pass is available at the park
   $35 Senior Adventure (annual) Pass

You can take advantage of free admission by checking out the Utah State Parks Pass from the library. You can also buy the State Parks Pass and pay one small fee to visit all of the state parks.

Fremont Indian State Park and Museum
3820 West Clear Creek Canyon Rd
Sevier, UT 84766
435-527-4631 - main park number
801-322-3770 - camping reservations
800-322-3770 - toll-free camping reservations

The Kid's Discovery Zone and Visitors Museum

is amazing and very educational for kids of all ages! It is the best place to start when visiting the Fremont Indian State Park. They will give you trail maps and information of what you will want to see while visiting.

From Salt Lake City, take I-15 Southbound until you reach the exit for Cove Fort and I-70. (It will be past Beaver.) Take I-70 heading Eastbound. You will see signs guiding you to Fremont Indian State Park. You can't miss it! From Salt Lake City, it's about a 3 hour drive. (If you know where Richfield is, it's only twenty miles West of Richfield on I-70.)

On the way there or on the way home:
  • The Territorial Statehouse State Park Museum is a great historical place to stop and see! Located in Fillmore, Utah, it was the first capitol of Utah before Salt Lake City. 
  • Cove Fort is just West of Fremont Indian State Park on I-15. It was built in 1847 for the protection of travelers, and is the only LDS fort built in the 1800s that is still standing. It has been restored and is a great historical site to visit. 
  • U-Dig Fossils is a fun place where you can find your own fossil trilobites.

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There are many options of where to stay when visiting the Fremont Indian State Park.


  • Special Events: The Fremont Indian State Park always has something going on. Check their calendar for upcoming events. 
  • Park Trails: The park has many trails that are easily accessible according to your hiking and walking ability. When we went there, we had just attended a funeral in Richfield, so we were not dressed for hiking, and we still spent four hours there. (Note that we also arrived just as the visitors center museum was closing, so the time we could have spent there would have been doubled or tripled according to our arrival time and dress attire.) There are also many trails for OHV.
    • View the trails brochure. The trails that we went on were the ShowMe Rockart Trail, Discovery Trail, and 100 Hands Cave Trail. Just taking those trails took us a few hours, and they are easy for small children and those not dressed appropriately like us.
    • The Cliff View Map will show you what there is to see, and what trails to take to see it. We got to see the Alma Christensen Trail, Court of Ceremonies Trail, Parade of Rockart Trail, Hidden Secrets Trail, Canyon Overlook Trail, Cave of 100 Hands, and Arch of Art. 
  • View the Fremont Indian State Park brochure. 
  • Columnar Jointing Area is an area where volcanic activity has created some strange geologic formations.
  • Otter Creek State Park: Another great State Park for outdoor activities.
  • Piute State Park: A great place for fishing, and it is open year-round with no holiday closures.
  • Scenic Drives: There are three scenic drives in the area: Capitol Reef Country Scenic Byway (66 miles long), Cove Mountain Road (25 miles one way), and  Fishlake Scenic Byway (allow at least 45 minutes). 
  • Fish Lake is a popular Utah lake where you can catch large-size fish. 

Advice from our readers:
Have you visited the Fremont Indian State Park, or any of the surrounding areas listed in our post? Leave us a comment and let us know what you enjoyed about this state park and its surrounding area! We will add your suggestions to our post!

For more family vacation ideas, visit our Family Vacation Series Page.

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