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Behunin Cabin, Capitol Reef National Park

Historic Site · Hidden Gem · Tourist Spot
The Elijah Cutler Behunin Cabin was built to house Elijah Cutler Behunin's family in 1883-84 in what is now Capitol Reef National Park in Utah. The Behunins lived there for only a year, leaving for Fruita after a flood threatened the house and its fields. The one story sandstone structure measures 13ft by 16.5ft, with a single room. Elijah and his wife and their 13 children all lived within the home. The walls are sandstone covered with a plaster-cement wash. The roof structure is wood, covered with wood sheathing and bentonite clay. The cabin was renovated in the 1960s by the National Park Service and represents the most intact example of a settler cabin in Capitol Reef National Park.uu
The Behunin cabin was listed on the National Register of Historic Places on September 13, 1999.
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  • We stopped here as we were driving into the park and got out to stretch our legs. Beautiful area to enjoy.  more »
  • It's true there is not much to see or do here, but it is worth a short stop to learn the history of the family and the area. One can only imagine the hardships of raising a large family in a barren...  more »
  • Mind-blowing to see this tiny cabin where the Behunin's raised 13 children. How they managed to put food on the table, it must have been a tough life.  more »
  • Really interesting stop in the middle of nowhere. Can't imagine a family living here, even if it was for only a year.
  • great little roadside piece of history in an outstanding national park. i can't believe how many people lived here.
  • Unbelievable once you read the history of the family that lived in this cabin.
  • Awesome site.
  • A quick roadside stop to make on Rt 24 towards the east end of Capital Reef National Park is the historic Behunin Cabin situated beside the road. This one room cabin was built by and for the Elijah Bahunin family in 1882. You can't enter the cabin but can walk around it and peer into its windows. There is an information sign on site so you can learn about their building. Difficult to imagine that Elijah, his wife and perhaps 11 of his 13 children resided in this small single room dwelling. In the end, this is a quick 3-5 minute stop to see an early Settler cabin, something that will be interesting to those who appreciate history and architecture.

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