Celebrate Cedar Mesa is the annual gathering of people who care about the Cedar Mesa area. Friends of Cedar Mesa have announced a full weekend of activities designed to intrigue anyone who loves the natural and cultural wonders in Bluff’s backyard.
Visit www.friendsofcedarmesa.org/celebrate for the full schedule of events and registration.
The weekend kicks off on Friday, March 6th, with service projects from 10:00 AM to 4:00 PM (registration required). The Opening Reception follows on Friday evening from 7:00PM – 9:00PM and will feature the premiere screening of Waking the Mammoth documentary by Larry Ruiz (Free, no registration needed).
The “main event” for the weekend is the Friends Gathering on Saturday, March 7th, from 8:30 AM to 5:30 PM at the Bluff Community Center. The gathering includes slideshows, policy and research updates, interactive discussions of key issues facing the area, live music, and lots of socializing with fellow Friends.
On Sunday, March 8th, meet up in the parking lot of the Bluff Community Center at 9:30 AM to hike Cedar Mesa with a new Friend.
Registration is now open. You are encouraged to register soon, as space is limited. Your $15 registration fee includes a tasty lunch. Be sure to register before February 28th to guarantee enough food for you!
All attendees at the Friends Gathering will be entered to win some fabulous door prizes from Patagonia and Osprey Packs!
The new Co-op/Visitors Center Building is now officially open at the Bluff Fort.
This replica of the original Bluff Fort Co-op will tell the incredible story of the pioneers who answered a mission call to colonize southeastern Utah. In their arduous journey to the San Juan River, they chiseled their way through the treacherous Hole-in-the-Rock Trail. The story of those who came and colonized San Juan County will now be preserved and retold for future generations.
The Co-op building replica is the result of years of planning and hard work from hundreds of people and the Hole-in-the-Rock Foundation. The continuous efforts of hundreds of people led to building “this crowning jewel of San Juan County,” as described by Hole in the Rock Foundation President Corinne Roring. It was Corinne Roring’s vision to recreate the Bluff Fort and the Co-op building replica. Credit for fundraising over $1 million dollars goes to Craig and Grant Taylor.
The pioneers of 1880 settled in Bluff, built a community from tents and cabins, and transformed the settlement to the stately rock homes still standing today in Bluff’s Historic District. By the time the Co-op was built and functioning, Bluff was considered one of the wealthiest places per capita west of the Mississippi. By 1888, the Bluff Co-op had 8,000 new calves born, which led to a booming economy.
Click here to learn more about the Bluff Fort and the original Co-op. You can also learn more about the pioneers that settled Bluff at the Hole-in-the-Rock Foundation (www.hirf.org). Be sure to stop at the Bluff Fort and the new Co-op Building when in Bluff.
Source: San Juan Record