Rock Creek has some of the most detailed and immense amounts of Spanish history than anywhere else in the Uintah's within its' canyon walls. This is the location of the old Spanish Mission, the Water Trap, many sacred Ute and key Rhoades mines, decorated Ute pictographs, panels and Spanish carvings. The secrets here run deep and are difficult to unmask without much time, research, blood, sweat and tears. That's what makes this place one of my favorite to explore!
Gale Rhoades published these maps in his book "Lost Gold of the Uintah" which shows the Treasure Hill area.
This symbol is believed to represent the Spanish mission that was located along the river. Only stumps and a few lines of rocks are all that remain of the mission today.
Cave and writings
If you look closely you can see the date of "1730" carved into this panel. This could have been done by a early Spanish explorer or simply done as a more recent hoax. These are many times impossible to verify.
A good friend of mine spotted the Perez mine while exploring Cabin creek. From across the canyon they could see a small opening in a maze of ledges North and West of Upper Stillwater dam. When they arrived at the old mine neither dared enter due to its poor condition and the lack of interest. Hanging in a tree was an old rusted can with a wrapped up piece of leather containing the original claim description of the mine. The old cabins are almost completely gone now. You can still make out their location and a couple of logs if you in the area. They are easy to find and right off the trail after it crosses the river.
Gale Rhoades published the following maps of the Perez mine in his book "Lost Gold of the Uintah". My friend found it right about where it is marked in the following maps.