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Bluff Fort Historic Site, Bluff

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Bluff is a small town with a big heart with 300 residents located in the San Juan River Valley in the southeastern corner of Utah.

Located along U.S. Highway 191, Bluff is bordered on the south by the San Juan River and the Navajo Nation, verdant farmland to the east and vast panoramic landscapes to the west. To the north, 300-foot sandstone bluffs, which were the inspiration for the town's name, are a dominant visual element serving as a dramatic backdrop for the community.

Bluff is one of those hidden gems that has accommodations for everyone, incredible places to eat, artists to admire, a living museum, and trading posts. Bluff offers everything you need to have an incredible desert escape.
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  • Interesting and entertaining shows, what here formerly lived and worked. It's worth a visit.
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  • A lovely small museum eco that evokes the installation of settlers in the village of Bluff (leaving Monument Valley to the North on the 191) lovely by members of an association who perpetuate the memory of pioneer families and giving life in the place Films in several languages, including the french who interressera small and large houses furnished familiar objects; adults interested in comments and anecdotes specific to each family told also in french during this time, children will play in carts (to time or reconstituted) or climb on wooden horses... all together will be able to disguise with costumes made available free short a excellent informative stop and recreational I add this small museum is free and that he continues to live, a passage to the shop is welcome (although nobody there is reference, It is just quietly on a small sign)
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  • We drove past this fort for two days, before deciding to go in. It is one of the most interesting places, i have ever visited., I love the fact that a direct decendant told about each familys cabin. T...  more »
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  • Bluff Fort is definitely worth visiting. It is a fabulous place full of history. One gets a very good feeling for the difficult pioneer times. Also on the doors to the different exhibits, there are buttons in English, German, French, Italian and Spanish that tell you the history. Mandarin will be added soon. Bluff Fort is definitely one of the best outdoor exhibits featuring Mormon pioneers settling the Southwest of Utah.
  • Loved it here. My girls had a blast looking at everything. They've done a really great job preserving the history
  • We saw this while driving by and it was closed but we still walked through. It truly was like being brought back in time! I would have loved to see it up and running.
  • Great little free museum about the pioneers who made this corner of America their home. Freindly staff, nice exhibits, selection of gifts. If your on route to or from Monument valley its a great little stop.
  • This museum almost doubled in size from my first drive by during 2006. The exhibits are cleaner and much more organized/commercialized. Region: there is nothing here. Its just a town off of HWY 191. The museum is located on the west side. You cant miss it. Southeast Utah is desert but cold with snow during the seasons. And prone to flooding during the spring so tread cautiously. Bluff is the largest town within 100ish miles and gateway to Moab/I-70, I-40 nestled between flagstaff and petrified forest, and east is Durango and Ancient Canyons. South is Mexican Hat, a cool rock formatiom and southwest-ish is Monument Valley. Since ma mny yelpers have a boner for horseshoe bend in Page, AZ, Bluff is roughly three hours from there (five hours if your an Asian women :P). The museum central figure is on John Taylor. He is a mormon folk hero, and author, and politician and intellectual, and possibly #3 in the mormon G.O.A.T category (behind young and smith). Other features are honesteading, life/culture, and remnants of time gone by. I have great admiration for pioneers and settlers. These old pioneers in the utah and mountain region are mormons fleeing religious persecution but the irony... These mormons fled to practice thier cult (cult by definition not like scientology) freely yet perpetuated the same tyranny they faced on others that were inferior *scratch head* anyhooo. Main portions had apox 15-20 refurbished settler homes with some of their personal belongings, artwork and gear (guns not present). Many were donated by their future generations like great grandson who is close to age 80. One of the things my eyes sought was what these folks considered artwork or decor 150 years ago since the way they lived is now art to us. Amazingly, across generations, across religious differences, culture/ethnicities and on different world and continents, we view art or decor or history similarly. There were too many homes to visit and examine. I was on a time scheduled and blew my budgeted time here from 30 mins to almost two hours. Keep in mind folks, mid American hotels and lodging are not open 24/7. There is a gift store and section to dress up like old pioneers which is cool for families and lovebirds. Very little mention of natives however they provide a dwelling situation that defeats the depicted imagery that native americans all lived in the cone shaped tents we can tee pees. Aaaaand this round hut they constructed was beautifully weathered compared to the blistering 90 degree heat i walked around in. Really cool how wood and mud and stuff kept dwelling units naturally air conditioned. There is so much more. Historians can get lost here easily!! I couldve easily spent over four hours examining each hut and speaking to the caretakers. Safe traveling my friends.

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