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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August, 2015

May 06, 2015 - Sep 30, 2015
Dark Sky Program at Natural Bridges National Monument
Aug 28, 2015
Friday Night at the Fort- Dance
Aug 29, 2015
Dark Sky Program at Hovenweep National Monument

September, 2015

May 06, 2015 - Sep 30, 2015
Dark Sky Program at Natural Bridges National Monument
Sep 04, 2015
Friday Night at the Fort- Randy Buchard & Anna Hart
Sep 04, 2015 - Sep 05, 2015
Renaissance Fair
Sep 10, 2015 - Sep 12, 2015
San Juan ATV Safari
Sep 11, 2015 - Sep 12, 2015
3rd Annual Indian Summer Festival
Sep 11, 2015
Friday Night at the Fort- Mary Kaye
Sep 18, 2015 - Sep 20, 2015
Utah Navajo Fair & Rodeo
Sep 18, 2015
Friday Night at the Fort- James Michael
Sep 19, 2015
Wild & Scenic Film Festival
Sep 25, 2015
Friday Night at the Fort- Tango Dance
Sep 26, 2015
Lecture: Closer Than We Know
Sep 27, 2015
Eclipse & Dark Sky Program at Hovenweep National Monument

October, 2015

Oct 02, 2015
Friday Night at the Fort- Valerie & Allen Brown
Oct 09, 2015
Friday Night at the Fort- Elk Ridge Boys
Oct 10, 2015
Newspaper Rock 10K & 26K
Oct 16, 2015 - Oct 18, 2015
Bluff Arts Festival
Oct 24, 2015
Lecture: Repatriation and Reburial after 25 Years on NAGPRA in the Southwest
Oct 24, 2015
1st Annual Comb Ridge Classic 10 K & Half Marathon Trail Run

January, 2016

Jan 15, 2016 - Jan 17, 2016
18th Annual Bluff International Balloon Festival

May, 2016

May 06, 2015 - Sep 30, 2015
Dark Sky Program at Natural Bridges National Monument
May 21, 2016
Huff to Bluff Marathon & Half Marathon