DANGER CAVE STATE PARK HERITAGE AREA:  ARCHAEOLOGICAL TOURS

Danger Cave State Park Heritage Area: Archaeological Tours

Danger Cave State Park Heritage Area: Archaeological Tours

Danger Cave State Park Heritage Area: Archaeological ToursDanger Cave State Park Heritage Area: Archaeological ToursDanger Cave State Park Heritage Area: Archaeological Tours
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BROUGHT TO YOU BY UTAH DIVISION OF PARKS  AND RECREATION IN PARTNERSHIP WITH METCALF ARCHAEOLOGICAL CONSULTANTS, INC. 


 

Tours

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Join professional archaeologists on a tour of two of Utah’s most important archaeological sites. Danger Cave and Juke Box Cave are located within the Danger Cave State Park Heritage Area. Locked gates protect these sites from vandalism. Metcalf Archaeological Consultants Inc., and the Utah Division of Parks and Recreation have partnered to provide limited public tours to Danger Cave State Heritage Area. Scientific archaeological excavations carried out in the late 1940s by the University of Utah produced archaeological artifacts dating from the end of the last Ice Age (12,000 years ago) into historic times. Juke Box Cave contains artifacts that date from at least 10,000 years ago all the way up to the 1940s when it was used by the Army Air Corps training at Wendover, Utah.

During the tour, you will be able to go inside Danger Cave (listed on the National Register of Historic Places) and Juke Box Cave. You will learn about the history of the caves and the 12,000 years of human use of the region. View perishable artifacts like basketry, and take photographs of the Native American rock art inside Jukebox Cave. You’ll be able to interact with archaeologists who have conducted work in Danger Cave and can tell the story of human history, adaptation, and day to day life in the ancient Great Basin.

TOURS ARE LIMITED TO 25 PEOPLE PER TOUR 

Basketry

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Danger Cave has excellent preservation due to the dry climate and the dry nature of the cave. Artifacts such as basketry, wood, bone, fur, and leather are well preserved. On the tour you will be able to see artifacts that were recovered from the cave.     

Archaic Projectile Point with Sinew Attached

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This artifact could be 3000 years old.  The sinew that attached to stone tip to the dart is still intact.  

2020 Tour Dates

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Booking now for 2020


ALL TOURS INCLUDE VISITS TO DANGER CAVE AND JUKE BOX CAVE


Saturday - January 25, 2020

Sunday - February 23, 2020

Saturday - March 28, 2020 - this tour is full! 

Friday - April 3, 2020

Saturday - April 4, 2020

Saturday - May 2, 2020 

Sunday - May 3, 2020 

Saturday - May 16, 2020

Sunday - May 17, 2020


TOURS FOR JUNE, JULY, AND AUGUST WILL BE POSTED SOON!  


  • TOUR RESERVATIONS AND COST 

To reserve a spot for a scheduled tour, contact Ron at rrood@metcalfarchaeology.com with "DANGER CAVE TOUR" in the subject line of your email or call Ron at 801-243-1306.  Let me know the date you want and how many adults and children you have with your group.   An email will be returned to you with tour details including the meeting location.  


Tours typically begin at 10:00 AM and last 3 1/2 to 4 hours.  


Adults (16 and older)      $18.00


Children (8 - 15)                $12.00

(children under 8 are free but must be accompanied by an adult at all times)


PAYMENT WILL BE COLLECTED AT THE TOUR MEETING PLACE.  Credit or debit cards, please.


SPECIAL TOURS FOR YOUR GROUP.  Metcalf Archaeological Consultants, Inc. can offer specialized tours for your group or club outside of our scheduled tours (10 people minimum)  Contact Ron for details.  


ARCHAEOLOGY WORKSHOP OFFERED

Metcalf Archaeological Consultants is offering a two-day archaeology workshop 

METCALF OFFERS TWO-DAY ARCHAEOLOGY WORKSHOP

Hovenweep National Monument Utah / Colorado

THE ARCHAEOLOGY OF UTAH: 12,000 YEARS IN TWO DAYS

 

How long have people lived in what we now call Utah? When did people start making pottery?  What is an atlatl and how do they work?  When did people start growing corn?  How does radiocarbon dating work?   How is archaeological research funded?  What is historical archaeology?  Did they have domesticated animals in pre-contact times?  How do archaeologists study the past? Is it true there are ancient Native American sites beneath the streets of Downtown Salt Lake City?  These are but some of the topics we'll cover during this workshop. 

This class is designed for adults and older teens who are interested in learning more about the vast archaeological legacy in Utah and surrounding areas.  Day 1  will consist of PowerPoint presentations along with hands-on activities and time for lots of questions.  


Classroom

Date:  March 14, 2020

Location:  Salt Lake Community College, Miller Conference Center, 9750 South 300 West, Sandy, Utah 84070

Room: 226 (a map will be sent to participants prior to the workshop)

Time:  9:00 AM to 4:00 PM 

(A working lunch will be provided)


Site Tour


Date:  March 21, 2020
Location:  Danger Cave State Park Heritage Area, Wendover, Utah
Time:  10:00 AM to approximately 4:00 PM
Note:  You must provide your own transportation to the tour.  If you cannot make this date, you can select a date from the other offered tours listed at www.metcalfdangercavetours.com 


TO REGISTER, CONTACT RON ROOD AT 801-243-1306 OR SEND AN EMAIL TO RON AT rrood@metcalfarchaeology.com 


COST:    ADULTS -  $75.00 (INCLUDES FEES FOR DANGER CAVE TOURS)
               STUDENTS UNDER THE AGE OF 16 - $60 (MUST BE ACCOMPANIED BY AN ADULT)

About Us

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  • Metcalf Archaeological Consultants is a full-service cultural resource management firm.  In business for nearly 40 years, and 100 percent employee-owned since 2007, our mission is to provide exceptional service and expert solutions in cultural resource management while promoting, celebrating, and preserving our nation's cultural heritage.  Metcalf has a team of professional archaeologists, historians, geoarchaeologists, architectural historians,  and GIS specialists. The company has offices in Lakewood, Eagle, and Grand Junction, Colorado; Bozeman, Montana; Bismarck, North Dakota; and Salt Lake City, Utah  www.metcalfarchaeology.com  
  •  We are the exclusive providers of tours to Danger Cave State Park Heritage Area.  


FAQ and WHAT TO EXPECT

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1.  How long does the tour last?  A typical tour of both caves is about 4 hours.  


2.  How far is it to Wendover from Salt Lake City?  Wendover is about 110 miles from Salt Lake. 


3.  Am I allowed to take photographs?  Of course and please do!  


4.  Are kids allowed in the caves?  Yes.  Kids under the supervision of a parent or adult are welcome on the tours.  Youth under the age of 18 must have a liability waiver signed by a parent or guardian. 

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5.  Can I bring my dog?  Well, as much as we all love dogs....dogs are not allowed in the caves.  However, Danger Cave has some of the oldest dog remains from North America.  They are dated to roughly 9,300 years ago.  


6.  Is transportation provided?  No.  However, car-pooling from the meeting area is encouraged.  


7.  Is Danger Cave safe?  Yes, it is safe.  Before the tour we'll discuss cave safety and while inside the caves, hard hats (provided) must be worn.  Everyone who enters the caves must sign a liability waiver.  There is a short hike to Danger Cave and a short but steep hike to Juke Box Cave.  WEAR GOOD SHOES FOR WALKING! 


8.  Can I arrange for a separate tour for my church, club, organization, school, class, or special event?   Yes indeed.  Just contact Ron at rrood@metcalfarchaeology.com or give me a call at 801-243-1306.

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9.  Will we need any special equipment likes ropes or lights?  No.  These caves are large openings in the limestone and are not the spelunking types of caves.  


10.  Is camping allowed at Danger Cave?  No, there are no camping facilities at the site and camping is not allowed in the State Park boundaries. 


11.  Are there bathrooms at the caves?  No.  There are no restroom facilities at the caves.  The closest facilities are at the Sinclair truck stop near the sites.   


12.  What shall I bring?  At a minimum, bring water and snacks.  Some items are available at the truck stop.  Wear shoes appropriate for hiking and clothing appropriate for the day.  Remember it can be very hot  (or cold) out there.  

Meet Your Guide

Tours of Danger Cave State Heritage Area are led by me, Ron Rood.  I am an archaeologist who has been working in the field for more than 35 years.  I've conducted field research in the Great Basin, Great Plains, Colorado Plateau, and Rocky Mountains.  For 15 years, I was the Utah Assistant State Archaeologist.  I now work as a  archaeological project director at Metcalf Archaeological Consultants, Inc. and spearhead our Danger Cave tours.  As the Utah Assistant State Archaeologist,  I was fortunate to have been part of continued research into Danger Cave.  


I earned a BA in Anthropology from Fort Lewis College in Durango, Colorado and a MA in Anthropology from Wichita State University in Wichita, Kansas.  I am a specialist of sorts in the identification of animal bones from archaeological sites and in making archaeology come alive for the public.  I've been conducting tours of these sites for nearly 20 years and I hope you can join us.   


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Testimonials

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 Connie M. It was a great tour and a fun day and lots of great information… Thank you! 

 Peggy P.  loved this entire experience. Thank you so much for presenting all of the information is such a clear and understandable way. Thanks to the other participants too for being respectful and excited about the whole day.

Robert J.  Amazing archaeological sites and a really educational and enjoyable day.  Thanks Metccalf!