How is it that this place went undiscovered for that long? The Wilcox family recently sold the ranch. At the same time, they called up the University of Utah Archeological Department, wanting to donate several thousand acres of the property in Range Creek for research. When asked why it would be donated for research, the Wilcox family explained there were thousands of ancient pit houses, granaries, and artifacts, with hundreds of panels of petroglyphs gracing the canyon walls that no one knew about. The family had kept it a secret to protect the property. Skeptics investigated and, sure enough, it was true. Archeologists estimate it will take years to identify and catalog all the ancient ruins and artifacts that Range Creek has been hiding up until now. The people who lived here (between 800 and 1300 A.D.) are referred to as Fremont Man, cousins to the Anasazi.

However, there is good news: Visitors staying at the Tavaputs Guest Ranch on top of the mountain can join a guided tour in a 4WD SUV and ride down through Range Creek to the old Wilcox ranch. The Jensens are the only private concessionaire licensed to take guests on guided vehicle tours into Range Creek--Jeanie Jensen, who conducts these tours, was born and raised on the old Wilcox Ranch (yep, she's a Wilcox).

One of these tours takes a full day. Jeanie obtains all the necessary permits, and she and husband Butch pack plenty of cold drinks, snacks, and a gourmet picnic lunch that is later enjoyed under the huge cottonwood trees at the old Wilcox ranch house. After a cowboy breakfast at the lodge, you ride in a 4WD SUV down an old cattle trail to be met at the bottom by a park ranger who by law must tag along.