Edge of the Cedars State Park Museum

Located in Blanding, Utah, the Edge of the Cedars State Park Museum is an Ancestral Puebloan archaeological site, a museum, and an archaeological repository.

Cowboys from Bluff camped here in the late 1800′s and called the site Edge of the Cedars because it sits on the edge of a natural boundary, separating a heavily forested region and a treeless landscape to the south.  Cedar is a term locals use for the Utah juniper tree.

The museum’s beautiful collection is presented in a way that tells about the people, who they were and how they lived.

Just behind the museum is the Edge of the Cedars Pueblo, an actual village inhabited by Ancestral Puebloans from AD 825 to 1125.  You can learn more about what life might have been like for the residents at this Chacoan era great house as you explore the ruin.  Make certain to descend the ladder to a 1,000 kiva for a truly unique experience.

The museum is also home to the largest collection of Ancestral Puebloan (Anasazi) pottery on display in the Four Corners area.  The museum’s Visible Storage and Interactive Pottery Exhibit is a must see.  You can select a piece of pottery on display, and then use a computer to learn more about the time period and origin of the pottery.

Edge of the Cedars hosts several exhibitions each year that spotlight unique artisans and speakers of the Four Corners area.  Be sure to check the museum’s website to view current and upcoming exhibitions.

 

Location:   Edge of the Cedars State Park Museum, 660 West 400 North Blanding, UT 84511  T:   (435) 678-2238
Approximately a 30 min drive from Bluff.

Seasons/Open Hours:  Open year-round Monday-Saturday, 9 am-5 pm; closed Sunday
Holiday Closures: Thanksgiving, Christmas, New Year’s Day

Entrance Fees $5 for adults ($2.50 Utah seniors 62+) $3 for children (age 5 and under are free) $20 Family $75
Annual Day-Use pass is available at the museum $35 Senior Adventure (annual) Pass

Kiva Ladder, Effigy, Macaw Feather Sash

 

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