For several thousand years, the first people of the area were heavily influenced by the climate. The Paleo-Indian people (12,000 BC) hunted large animals, and likely stayed near the shores of Utah Lake in the cool climate. As the climate warmed, Arcahic people (~10,000 BC-AD 1) maintained a lifestyle of hunting and gathering. Excavations in American Fork Cave show that hunters used this cave as a base camp for hunting in the canyon.
Did You Know?
Cave Draperies, or Cave Bacon, form as calcite rich water trickles down an inclined bedrock surface. Over thousands of years a thin line of calcite builds up along the wall as water follows this same path over and over. These formations appear in caves in all different shapes, sizes and colors.