The Edge of the Cedars State Park, Blanding
Categories: State Parks, Nature & Parks
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.Use our Blanding vacation builder to visit The Edge of the Cedars State Park on your trip to Blanding, and learn what else travelers and our writers recommend seeing nearby.
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Nice collection of Native American artifacts, well displayed, good signage & explanations on exhibits. Only spent a short time here... could have spent longer. Very informative & interesting.
I arrived in Blanding a little earlier than expected and this was an ideal way to spend the extra time. Very interesting to learn about how the ancient Pueblo people lived and see so many artefacts, a... read more »
Very nice building located in Blanding UT with a new construction and light and airy layout. Huge quantity of outstanding quality native pots with amazing designs and other artifacts with storeroom vi... read more »
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