Historic Sites
Historic Sites

Bluff Fort, Utah

Bluff Fort Historic Site

Bluff Fort Historic Site commemorates the original pioneer town founded by Mormon missionaries at the end of their expedition to settle the San Juan area in 1880. Featuring recreations of the town, complete with meetinghouse and cabins decked with some original furnishings provided by local families, Bluff Fort offers an interactive historical experience. Visitors can tour inside reconstructed log cabins and Native American dwellings, sit on covered wagons, and more as they learn about the lives of these remarkable pioneers. Significant attractions at Bluff Fort Historic Site include an authentic replica of the Bluff Meetinghouse, the social epicenter of the community used as a church, school, courthouse, and dance hall, and the Barton Cabin, the oldest existing pioneer structure in San Juan County. Of the original forty or so cabins that once formed the fort the Barton Cabin is the only original structure remaining. Today a stone monument erected in 2005 stands at the center of Bluff Fort Historic Site as a proud reminder of the original pioneers and their treacherous 250-mile Hole-in-the-Rock trek. Plans are in the works for additional reconstructions, interpretive displays, and a visitor center.

 

Edge of the Cedars museum

Edge of the Cedars State Park

Edge of the Cedars is an Ancestral Puebloan/Anasazi archaeological site, repository, museum, and research library located in Blanding. Due to its historical significance, the grounds were designated a State Historical Monument in 1970, and subsequently listed on the National Register of Historic Places. The historic site became a state park in 1974, and is managed by the Division of Utah State Parks and Recreation. The Edge of the Cedars State Park Museum opened in 1978 and the archaeological repository was completed in 1994. The museum and repository , including an on-site lab used for restoring and documenting artifacts, function as the primary storehouse for all archaeological materials excavated from public lands in southeastern Utah. Visitors can enter a reconstructed kiva (ancient ceremonial room) from a wooden pole ladder at the dwelling site. The Ancestral Puebloans, also known as Anasazi Indians, inhabited the area from 700 A.D. to 1200 A.D. The regional history from the Anasazi through early pioneers is presented through exhibits in the Edge of the Cedars Museum.

Free BrochureNewsletterFacebookBlog
Search Our Site  [Advanced Search]
Attractions
Events:

May, 2015

May 06, 2015 - Sep 30, 2015
Dark Sky Program at Natural Bridges National Monument
May 08, 2015
Friday Night at the Fort- 'Shake Your Shoes' Dance
May 08, 2015
1st Annual Mother's Day Bazaar
May 11, 2015 - May 12, 2015
Farm Days
May 13, 2015
Dark Sky Program at Hovenweep National Monument
May 15, 2015
Friday Night at the Fort- Home Town Harmony
May 16, 2015
Huff to Bluff Marathon & Half Marathon
May 16, 2015
Lecture: A Road Through Time
May 16, 2015
Dark Sky Program at Hovenweep National Monument
May 18, 2015
Artisan Expo at the Frontier Museum- Dan Raisor
May 22, 2015
Friday Night at the Fort- Mike James
May 23, 2015
Artisan Expo at the Frontier Museum- Scott Mitchell
May 23, 2015
Lecture: Outdoors in the Southwest with Andrew Gulliford
May 29, 2015
Friday Night at the Fort- Janet Wilcox
May 29, 2015 - Jun 02, 2015
Art on the San Juan River with Artist Shari Rene
May 30, 2015
Monticello H.S. Golf Team Fundraiser at the Hideout Golf Club

June, 2015

May 06, 2015 - Sep 30, 2015
Dark Sky Program at Natural Bridges National Monument
May 29, 2015 - Jun 02, 2015
Art on the San Juan River with Artist Shari Rene
Jun 05, 2015
Hideout Golf Club Spring Couples Tournament
Jun 06, 2015
Artisan Expo at the Frontier Museum- Anita Hathale
Jun 06, 2015
Monticello Parks & Beautification Fundraising Gala
Jun 07, 2015 - Jun 13, 2015
Yoga on the San Juan River
Jun 13, 2015 - Jun 14, 2015
Arch & Horsehead Golf Tournament
Jun 13, 2015
Friday Night at the Fort- The Atcitty Singers
Jun 17, 2015 - Jun 20, 2015
Family Fun on Redrock Run- Upper San Juan River
Jun 19, 2015 - Jun 20, 2015
Chee Family Pow-wow
Jun 19, 2015
Friday Night at the Fort- Bob McPherson
Jun 20, 2015
Monticello Community Center Grand Opening/Open House
Jun 20, 2015
Lecture: Glimpses of Chaco in Utah
Jun 26, 2015
Friday Night at the Fort- Craig Crippen
Jun 29, 2015 - Jul 02, 2015
Earth, Water, Sky, Summer Science Camp

July, 2015

May 06, 2015 - Sep 30, 2015
Dark Sky Program at Natural Bridges National Monument
Jun 29, 2015 - Jul 02, 2015
Earth, Water, Sky, Summer Science Camp
Jul 03, 2015
Friday Night at the Fort- Kristen Keele Miner & the Miner Family Performers
Jul 10, 2015
Friday Night at the Fort- Jolynne Kirkwood
Jul 11, 2015
Lecture: Yucca House/Snider's Well: The Case of a Different Cradleboard
Jul 31, 2015 - Aug 08, 2015
San Juan County Fair
Jul 31, 2015
Friday Night at the Fort- Shelley Mason

August, 2015

May 06, 2015 - Sep 30, 2015
Dark Sky Program at Natural Bridges National Monument
Jul 31, 2015 - Aug 08, 2015
San Juan County Fair
Aug 01, 2015
Tractor Pull
Aug 01, 2015
2nd Annual Abajo Endruo Downhill Bike Race
Aug 14, 2015 - Aug 15, 2015
2015 Southern Company Contest Pow-Wow
Aug 22, 2015
Lecture: Birds in Ancestral Pueblo Rock Art and Culture

September, 2015

May 06, 2015 - Sep 30, 2015
Dark Sky Program at Natural Bridges National Monument
Sep 10, 2015 - Sep 12, 2015
San Juan ATV Safari
Sep 11, 2015 - Sep 12, 2015
3rd Annual Indian Summer Festival
Sep 11, 2015 - Sep 13, 2015
Utah Navajo Fair & Rodeo
Sep 26, 2015
Lecture: Closer Than We Know

October, 2015

Oct 10, 2015
Newspaper Rock 10K & 26K
Oct 24, 2015
Lecture: Repatriation and Reburial after 25 Years on NAGPRA in the Southwest