Smith's Conservancy Tour, Hutchings Museum, American Fork Canyon.
Gale Rudolph will lead the days activities.
Meet at the Hutchings Museum in Lehi. (55 N Center St, Lehi, UT 84043) at 12:00. April 22.
Tour Museum, then drive to the Smith's Conservancy for the tour, then drive to American Fork.
Then drive to Gale's house in Alpine for light refreshments and discussion of the days activities.
The Smith Family Archaeological Preserve boasts over 200 petroglyph panels, and several features including a stone circle, rock cairns, a low-lying rock wall, and intermittent debitage. The rock art at SFAP was created over thousands of years and during multiple occupations from as long ago as 13,000 BCE. Occupational periods represented by the rock art on SFAP include the Paleo-Indian, Archaic, and Fremont periods. Under a cultural resource management plan established for the SFAP, the Archaeological Conservancy pledges to first protect cultural resources for future generations and second, educate the local community and others about the prehistoric heritage of the region. This plan includes increasing viewing accessibility to rock art panels through a system of trails and markers, securing the property, documentation and mapping of significant artifacts and features, and land and erosion stabilization and control.
Tour the Native American exhibits that have been collected around Lehi and other locations. The Hutchings Museum is a interesting collection of Utah inhabitants through time.
Visit a painted site in American Fork Canyon, then drop into Gale's home for discussion and light refreshments.
Additional Information Regarding the Organized Field Trips
1. PLEASE NOTE that URARA holds no responsibility or liability for those participating in field trips. Attendance at a pre-trip orientation meeting is required by all field trip participants, where a completed liability waiver and medical consent form will be discussed. Each trip roster will be finalized upon completion of waiver and consent forms by participants. Pre-trip meeting could be held the evening before the Field Trip.
2. Four-wheel-drive is recommended for high-clearance areas. Car-pooling is recommended, and is required for the final leg of some trips.
3. Many of the field trips may involve hiking, easy to strenuous, through rough terrain with substantial brush where one may encounter creatures such as rattlesnakes, so be sure to pack appropriate footwear, hiking clothes with a jacket for that sudden rainstorm, a hat, and sunscreen. Don’t forget your camera. Participants are responsible for bringing along plenty of water to ensure healthy hydration.
4. Plan to provide your own lunch, snacks, and drinks.