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.

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July, 2015

May 06, 2015 - Sep 30, 2015
Dark Sky Program at Natural Bridges National Monument
Jul 02, 2015 - Jul 06, 2015
Blanding's 4th of July Celebration
Jul 09, 2015
Big Stories from Small Towns
Jul 09, 2015 - Jul 11, 2015
Voices of San Juan Pageant
Jul 10, 2015
Friday Night at the Fort- Variety Show Gavin & Ashton Jones, Violet, Atcitty Song & Dance
Jul 10, 2015
Monument Valley Community Celebration
Jul 11, 2015
Lecture: Yucca House/Snider's Well: The Case of a Different Cradleboard
Jul 11, 2015
Storyteller: Indiana Bones
Jul 24, 2015 - Jul 25, 2015
Pioneer Day Festival
Jul 24, 2015 - Jul 26, 2015
Monticello Ghost Tour
Jul 24, 2015
Friday Night at the Fort- Dance- Alton Chamberlain
Jul 30, 2015
Great Arizona Puppet Theater
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 11, 2015
Perseid Meteor Shower
Aug 14, 2015 - Aug 15, 2015
2015 Southern Company Contest Pow-Wow
Aug 22, 2015
Lecture: Birds in Ancestral Pueblo Rock Art and Culture
Aug 22, 2015
La Sal Mountain Summer Festival

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