Within the boundaries of Fremont Indian State Park are literally hundreds of artistic symbols etched into the canyon rock more than 800 years ago by the ancient inhabitants of Clear Creek Canyon.
Why? No one knows for certain, or what it all means. But there is some evidence some of those symbols could be calendar symbols marking the vernal and autumnal equinoxes, and March 20 the Utah Rock Art Research Association will visit the park to search for more evidence to that effect.Association members will be in the park to observe the sunrise and determine whether "calendar symbols" perform as expected. Plans call for participants to meet at the visitors center at 6 a.m. before dispersing to selected sites to photograph the sunrise on rock symbols.
The process will be repeated in the fall.
Also at the park, an old-fashioned Easter picnic and egg hunt is scheduled March 25. When the Visitors Center was being built, many local residents said it was customary to visit the Clear Creek Canyon site each Easter for a picnic lunch. Park personnel hope to continue the tradition.
On March 26, the First Baptist Church of Richfield will hold their third annual Easter Sunrise Service at 7 a.m. in the Visitors Center parking lot.
The newly completed 200-acre Fremont Indian State Park is located 24 miles southwest of Richfield, just off I-70. Fishing and horseback riding are available.
For more information, call the park at 527-4631.