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.