Museums & Education

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.

Canyon Country Discovery Center/Four Corners School

The Canyon Country Discovery Center campus is a science and nature center with indoor and outdoor learning station exhibits. The campus allows children and adults to explore and discover the Colorado Plateau’s:

  • Natural history and landscapes;
  • People and place;
  • Land use and energy;
  • Astronomy and climate; and
  • Water

Nestled at 7,100 feet near the base of the Abajo Mountains, the Four Corners School of Outdoor Education’s Canyon Country Discovery Center campus is an ideal location for your next tour or event. We invite you to visit and learn about Utah’s unique canyon country.