Museums
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Edge of the Cedars State Park / Museum

Edge of the Cedars State Park Museum in Blanding is an archaeological site, repository and museum located on the site of a prehistoric agriculture village. Occupied between 700 A.D. and 1200 A.D., the area has been home to various ancient cultures, including Ancestral Puebloans/Anasazi, Navajo, and Utes. The Edge of the Cedars museum houses the largest collection of Ancestral Puebloan pottery and relics in southeastern Utah, including an excavated and restored kiva. The ancient ceremonial room, which can be entered and explored, provides an excellent perspective of Anasazi architecture and lifestyle. The museum offers guided tours of the restored dwellings, archaeological exhibits, two exhibit halls, an auditorium, a gift shop, and an interpretive nature trail.

Emphasis is placed on ancestral Puebloan life in this southeastern Utah archaeological repository, park, and museum. Listed on both the National and State Registers of Historic Places. Indoor displays include Puebloan pottery, basketry, tools, and jewelry. Outside, petroglyph figures are prominent in the garden.

The ruin of a village occupied from AD 750 - AD 1220 is open to visitors. Of particular note are the Horse Rock Ruin basketry collection, a Macaw feather sash, and a loom dating from the middle of the first millennium; all of which were discovered in San Juan County. Public programs. No camping. Gift shop. Picnicking. View the Edge of the Cedars State Park / Museum Website.

Hole-in-the-Rock Home

Alfred and Gladys Christensen worked 12 years removing 50,000 feet of sandstone to hollow out this 5,000 square foot home in the cliff. 14 rooms are arranged around huge sandstone pillars. 65 feet of chimney leads through the rock to the fireplace. Gift shop. View the Hole-in-the-Rock Home Website.

The Dinosaur Museum

From preserved bones, fossilized skin and footprints to skeletal reconstructions and state-of-the-art graphics, the Dinosaur Museum in Blanding offers a comprehensive look at the dinosaurs that once roamed the Four Corners Region of southeastern Utah. The museum also presents global dinosaur history through a display of dinosaur eggs from around the world and several skeletal reconstructions. Of note are the German Plateosaurus of the Triassic period; a Tarbosaurus from Mongolia, an early relative to the North American T-Rex; and a mummified Edmontosaurus, a rare duck-billed dinosaur mummy discovered in Wyoming in 1910. The museum's extensive Stegosaurus research is a featured exhibit. The 'History Hall of Dinosaur Movies' offers the largest collection of dinosaur movies posters in the world. Catalogs and dinosaur memorabilia can be purchased in the gift shop. The Dinosaur Museum is open Mondays through Saturdays from April through September, with extended summer hours. The museum can be reached easily from US Highway 191.

At The Dinosaur Museum, gigantic fossilized logs from before the Age of Dinosaurs set the stage for your walk through time. On view are skeletons, fossilized skin, eggs, footprints, and beautifully realistic sculptures which represent dinosaurs from the Four Corners region and throughout the globe. View a rare duckbill dinosaur mummy and a tyrannosaur from Mongolia. Stroll through the 'History Hall of Dinosaur Movies' and see an actual stop-motion model used in the original 1933 film classic, 'King Kong.' View The Dinosaur Museum Website.

Huck's Museum

Privately owned and operated, this museum houses one of the best private collections of arrowheads, beads, pendants, and pottery from the ancient Puebloan culture. 435-678-2329.

Goulding's Museum

Housed in the original 1920s trading post, the museum examines the history of Monument Valley and its people. A section of the museum focuses on the movies made in Monument Valley. View Goulding's Museum Website.

The Frontier Museum

The Frontier Museum is housed in a century old barn once used as storage for the L. H. Redd Mercantile. The barn was moved from its original site and renovated to house the museum by the Monticello Foundation. The original post and beam construction is visible inside. Frontier life as it was lived on the edge of the Great Sage Plain over 100 years ago is on display. A visit to the museum is a passage through time via the day-to-day items used by our parents, grandparents, and great-grandparents. Exhibits include vintage clothing and household items. Early telephones, relics from ancient native people, and remains from the Home of Truth are on display. Cowboys, Indians, outlaws, farmers, and shopkeepers are represented.435-587-3401

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.
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April, 2015

Apr 18, 2015 - Apr 26, 2015
National Park Week
Apr 24, 2015
Friday Night at the Fort- Steve Black Family
Apr 25, 2015
Lecture: Eating Along the Edges of Agriculture
Apr 27, 2015
Spring Gala
Apr 27, 2015 - May 02, 2015
Rainbow Bridge & Navajo Mountain Hiking Adventure

May, 2015

Apr 27, 2015 - May 02, 2015
Rainbow Bridge & Navajo Mountain Hiking Adventure
May 01, 2015
Friday Night at the Fort- Mary Kaye
May 02, 2015
The Girls Night Out Expo
May 06, 2015 - Sep 30, 2015
Dark Sky Program at Natural Bridges National Monument
May 08, 2015
Friday Night at the Fort- Dance
May 08, 2015
1st Annual Mother's Day Bazaar
May 11, 2015 - May 12, 2015
Farm Days
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 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

June, 2015

May 06, 2015 - Sep 30, 2015
Dark Sky Program at Natural Bridges National Monument
Jun 06, 2015
Artisan Expo at the Frontier Museum- Anita Hathale
Jun 20, 2015
Monticello Community Center Grand Opening/Open House
Jun 20, 2015
Lecture: Glimpses of Chaco in Utah

July, 2015

May 06, 2015 - Sep 30, 2015
Dark Sky Program at Natural Bridges National Monument
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

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
2nd Annual Abajo Enduro
Aug 01, 2015
Tractor Pull
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