Self Guided Trail

Come to ARI and explore our site and the River of Time Trails in this self-paced, self-led walk. You will start your experience off at Base Camp, where we will provide you with driving directions and trail map. Learn about our mission before heading out to explore. Once you’ve arrived at the Guard Archaeological Preserve, follow the signs to explore the history, archaeology, and land that held a village 1000 years ago! There are options for a shorter or longer walk; trail lengths range from 0.25-1.15 miles. Spend time gazing out at our Butterfly Garden, see who you can spot in the Pollinator Garden, and learn about the history behind the Guard Village.

River of Time Trails


$2 Suggested Donation


Wednesdays & Saturdays

Meeting Location:

ARI Base Camp
424 Walnut Street
Lawrenceburg, IN 47025

Age Requirement:


Activity Level:

Active (kneeling, standing for long periods of time, etc.)


1.5 hours


The Archaeological Research Institute (ARI) recognizes that the land we study and steward is the homeland of many peoples. We acknowledge the myaamia (Miami), Shawanwa (Shawnee), Peewaalia (Peoria), Kiikaapoi (Kickapoo) and the multitude of nations who call this their homelands.  

ARI recognizes the violence inflicted upon the indigenous Nations of the Ohio Valley, including their forced removal following treaties such as Fort Finney and Greenville. ARI condemns the intentional destruction of their languages and cultures. ARI condemns the continuous discrimination against the living Native peoples throughout the United States.  

ARI recognizes that these peoples are not of the past, but are vibrant living nations. ARI recognizes that Native Americans are a diverse, resilient people with a deep enduring history worth knowing.  In that light ARI extends our respect to all Native peoples both past and present.  

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