DANGER CAVE STATE PARK HERITAGE AREA:  ARCHAEOLOGICAL TOURS

Danger Cave State Park Heritage Area: Archaeological Tours

BROUGHT TO YOU BY UTAH DIVISION OF PARKS  AND RECREATION IN PARTNERSHIP WITH METCALF ARCHAEOLOGICAL CONSULTANTS, INC. 


 

Tours

  

Join professional archaeologists on a tour of two of Utah’s most important archaeological sites. Danger Cave and Jukebox 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. Jukebox 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 Jukebox 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

  

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

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

Tour Dates



WINTER TOUR DATES WILL BE ANNOUNCED SOON 


check back or email Ron at rrood@metcalfarchaeology.com for details OR CALL 801-243-1306

 

TOUR COST / RESERVATIONS

WHAT TO EXPECT

HIKING IS REQUIRED:  THE HIKE TO DANGER CAVE IS SHORT, EASY TO MODERATE IN DIFFICULTY.  THE HIKE TO JUKEBOX IS SHORT BUT STEEP, AND ROCKY.  WEAR GOOD HIKING FOOTWEAR!  


After you have booked your tour, you will be provided with details regarding the meeting place near Wendover, receive safety protocol information, and information on what you need to bring. Wendover is about 110 miles west of Salt Lake City along Interstate 80.

You will need to provide your own transportation from the meeting place to the sites. The roads leading to the sites are dirt, and are generally maintained and in good condition – unless it has been raining.

Prior to entering the caves, we will have a safety talk and hard hats will be provided. These MUST be worn in the caves at all times. Everyone on the tour must sign a liability waiver. For those under the age of 18, a parent or legal guardian must sign the waiver. These will be provided at the beginning of the tour.  


Tours will happen rain or shine so be sure to dress appropriately for the day.  

About Us

  • 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

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. 

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.  


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.

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.  In terms of snacks, your tour guide is a big fan of sardines, olives, and Swiss cheese. 

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.   


Testimonials

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

 Peggy P. I 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