Arches National Park
View the biggest collection of Anasazi pottery on display in the Four Corners Region and explore an authentic Anasazi village. Interactive exhibits at Edge of the Cedars State Park Museum feature outstanding photography, fine art, current topics in archeology, and contemporary Native American crafts.Tour the Ancestral Puebloan Archeological Site
About Edge of the Cedars
Edge of the Cedars State Park Museum is the site of an Ancestral Puebloan archeological site, an archeological repository, and a modern museum. Cowboys from nearby Bluff camped here in the late 1800s 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, known for its shaggy bark and blue-green berries. 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 in 1971. In 1974, the Utah Navajo Development Council donated the 6.65-acre 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 to the public in 1978 and the archeological repository wing was completed in 1994. Today, the facility serves as the primary repository for archeological materials excavated from public lands in southeast Utah.
Many items not on display in our museum are available to visitors in our Visible Storage Exhibit: a storage room with glass walls.
This interactive display allows visitors to learn about the different kinds of tools, equipment, and other objects within the room, which were used by the Ancestral Puebloans in the Four Corners region.
The Sun Marker Sculpture is a solar calendar exhibit marking the movement of light and shadow at Summer and Winter Solstice and at Vernal and Autumnal Equinox as seen at actual archaeoastronomy sites used by Ancestral Puebloan Peoples throughout the Four Corners Region. A replica of the famous Sun Dagger site at Chaco Canyon, New Mexico is incorporated into the sculpture.
Directions: Located within the city limits of Blanding. Follow signs from US 191 to the park.
GENERAL PARK RULES
Please observe the following park regulations to ensure everyone's visit is pleasant.
Camping - Camp only in designated areas.
Fires - Campfires may be built in specified areas only and gathering firewood is prohibited.
Pets - Pets are allowed in Utah state parks, but must be on a maximum six-foot leash. Service animals are the only animals admitted in park buildings. For safety and courtesy, please keep pets under control and clean up after them.
Bicycles - Bicycling is permitted on established public roads and in parking areas.
Off-highway vehicles - Off-highway vehicle riding is permitted in some parks. For designated areas contact a park ranger.
Parking - Park only in designated parking areas.
Plants and animals - All plants, animals, minerals and other natural features in state parks are protected. It is unlawful to remove, alter or destroy them.
Fireworks - Fireworks or firecrackers are prohibited in state parks.
Firearms - Possession or use of firearms, traps or other devices capable of launching a projectile that can immobilize, injure or kill a person or animal, or damage property is prohibited unless the weapon or device is unloaded and packed away to prevent its use, or being used by authorized enforcement officers in the performance of official duties.
Speed limit - The speed limit within all park areas is 15 m.p.h.
Waste water - It is unlawful to dump or to drain water from campers or trailers onto the ground. A sanitary disposal station is provided for registered campers.
Quiet hours - 10:00 p.m. to 7:00 a.m.
Accidents - Please report accidents or suspicious activities to a ranger.
Permits - A Special Use Permit is required for all special events and commercial or professional filming and photography.