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The Edge of the Cedars State Park, Blanding

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Edge of the Cedars State Park Museum is a state park and museum of Utah, USA, located in Blanding. It is an Ancestral Puebloan archaeological site, a museum, and an archaeological repository. Cowboys from the nearby town of Bluff camped there in the late 19th century 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.Because of its archaeological significance, the site was designated a State Historical Monument in 1970 and was listed on the National Register of Historic Places as the Edge of Cedars Indian Ruin in 1971. In 1974, the Utah Navajo Development Council donated the 6.65acre site to the Division of Utah State Parks and Recreation. Shortly thereafter the Utah Legislature enabled the establishment of Edge of the Cedars State Park as a museum of Indian history and culture. The museum opened in 1978. The archaeological repository was completed in 1994. Today, the facility serves as the primary repository for archaeological materials excavated from public lands in southeast Utah, and includes archives and a research library.In August 2014 the museum and state park will host the Pecos Conference, the annual gathering of Southwest archaeologists.
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  • If you are any where near Blanding it is a must see stop. The museum pieces are some of the finest you will see. Some of the vases are just amazing. Everything is amazing there from the wall art to th...  more »
  • A stop at the Edge of the Cedars State Park will allow you to stretch your legs a bit and learn local history. Allow at least an hour, some of the artifacts are outstanding and deserve more than a qui...  more »
  • I love all things Native American (past and present) and museums (of almost any kind)! This museum was an unexpected pearl. (Many thanks to the visitor guide in Blanding Tourist Center for recommendin...  more »