The Fremont Indians lived from about 400-1300 AD in northern and central Utah and adjacent states. They were contemporaries with the Ancestral Puebloans (Anasazi) and traded with them, although their cultures were distinct from each other. The Fremont weren't a unified tribe, but were groups of Native Americans with shared cultural characteristics. They were farmers, many lived in pit houses, created jewelry and doll-like figurines, and made rock art in the form of pictographs (painted on the rock) and petroglyphs (carved into the rock). Clear Creek Canyon in Utah seems to have been both a transit point and the site of the largest Fremont settlement yet uncovered.
The village lay undiscovered until the western end of Interstate 70 was being completed in the early 1980's. When the construction crews started unearthing artifacts, work was halted while archaeologists could come in and figure out what was going on. What was going on was a village of about 300 people on Five Finger Ridge. Thousands of artifacts were recovered, and hundreds of rock art panels were found on nearby cliffs and canyon walls. In 1987, Fremont Indian State Park and Museum opened, and has been active ever since.
There are several miles of hiking trails leading you to the most impressive rock art sites. The day we went was a hot day, and we only walked along a mile of trails, but managed to see some amazing ancient art. The museum hosts activities and events during the year to help people explore the history of the Fremont, and I'd like to see more of that too.
The only drawback to the state park is that, barring interstate travel, it's in the middle of nowhere for many people. There aren't convenient places for food or gas at Exit 17, so Fremont Indian State Park is likely to remain the undiscovered gem that it was for us. I was impressed with the variety of activities and information available here. If you happen to be streaking by on I-15 or I-70, make a brief detour and check it out. You--and your students--will be glad you did.