Edge of the Cedars State Park

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Located in Blanding, Utah, Edge of Cedars State Park and Museum is a wonderful way to experience Native American heritage and history. The unusual name of the park can be traced back to cowboys. They came to the area in the 1880s following their herds. They called it 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 synonymous for the Utah juniper tree.

Your first stop should be the Edge of the Cedars State Park Museum. It contains one of the largest collections of Ancestral Puebloan (Anasazi) pottery and artifacts in the Southwest. Items like the macaw feather sash, the turkey feather blanket, and the Horse Rock Ruin basket collection are unique and very rare. One of the most popular exhibits is the Visible Storage area. The class shelving allows you to view the curated items while watching the curator at work. Throughout the museum, murals created by Bluff, Utah, artist Joe Pachak reproduce rock art panels of San Juan County. The Spirit Windows murals include some images that can no longer be seen because they are beneath the waters of Lake Powell.

The museum store offers a wide selection of books, maps, toys and educational materials, as well as authentic arts and crafts, including pottery, jewelry, and basketry created by Navajo and Pueblo artists.

After your tour of the museum, step outside and visit Edge of the Cedars Pueblo. This village was inhabited by the Pueblo people (Anasazi) from 825 to 1125 AD. You can climb down a ladder and enter the 1,000-year-old kiva, where the Native American people worshipped the spirits that guided and guarded their lives. The short, paved interpretive trail around the ruins is an easy walk and signs throughout the area tell you exactly what you are looking at.

The park offers a variety of activities throughout the year … enjoy programs for adults and children, including archaeology and art exhibitions, storytelling, craft workshops, and an annual Indian art market held on the first Saturday every May. There are no camping facilities, but picnicking is allowed and there are restroom facilities on site.

Other attractions in the area include:
Canyonlands National Park
Hovenweep National Monument
Natural Bridges National Monument
Dead Horse Point State Park
Arches National Park

Edge of the Cedars State Park Museum
660 West 400 North
Blanding, UT 84511
Phone: 435- 678-2238

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