Guard Archaeological Preserve Grand Opening for Public Field Season is June 1st, 2024

Self-guided River of Time Tour

Event Description:

Immerse yourself in the rich history of the Guard Archaeological Preserve (GAP) and the River of Time by embarking on a self-guided tour. Begin your journey at the Archaeological Research Institute Base Camp, where you will receive driving directions and a trail map to navigate the preserve. With these tools in hand, set off on your exploration of the GAP.

Discover the enduring allure of the Ohio River at the River of Time tour, drawing and accommodating human settlement for over 15,000 years. Uncover the fascinating narrative of the region through the exploration of the Guard Site, an archaeological treasure deeply intertwined with its history.

Follow the well-marked trail signs that guide you through the preserve, allowing you to delve into the fascinating history, archaeology, and natural beauty of the land. See all the exciting experiences you can sign up for at the GAP for next time!

Along the way, you’ll encounter informative interpretive trail signs that narrate the story of the Guard Site and the diverse people who inhabited this region for thousands of years.

The trail system at the GAP offers options for both shorter and longer walks, accommodating various preferences and fitness levels. You can choose trails ranging from 1 to 2 miles in length, ensuring that you can tailor your experience to your desired duration.

Take a moment to relax and appreciate the serene surroundings by visiting the Butterfly Garden. Admire the fluttering butterflies as they gracefully dance among the vibrant flowers, adding a touch of enchantment to your journey. If you’re curious about local wildlife, venture into the Pollinator Garden and discover a variety of critters that play an integral role in the ecosystem.

For those seeking an enhanced experience, you have the opportunity to sign up for an augmented reality (AR) tour. By participating in this optional activity, you can traverse the same trails while leveraging the power of AR technology to bring the history and archaeology to life. Witness virtual reconstructions, interactive displays, and engaging multimedia content that further immerses you in the past.

Whether you choose the traditional self-guided hike or opt for the augmented reality experience, the Guard Archaeological Preserve offers an exceptional opportunity to connect with the ancient inhabitants of the region and appreciate the natural beauty that surrounds you. Enjoy your exploration of this historic site and the captivating stories it holds.

How To Prepare:

Wear hiking clothes that can get dirty. Sturdy shoes, or hiking boots are recommended.




Wednesdays & Saturdays 10am-3pm
Site Closes at 4pm


ARI Base Camp 126 W High Street Lawrenceburg IN 47025

Age Requirement:


Activity Level:

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


1.5 hours
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