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Edge of the Cedars State Park

Explore the homes of Native Americans that lived here hundreds of years ago.

Elevation: 
6047 Feet
Edge of the Cedars State Park is located in Blanding, Utah and is home to a variety of outdoor activities for all kinds of people. The park was established in 1971 and is made up of 6.65 acres at an elevation of 6500 feet above sea level. It’s known as the gateway to Southern Utah’s Canyon Country and is a great destination for those looking to explore the rich Native American history of the area.

The park’s main attraction is a prehistoric Puebloan structure known as Edge of the Cedars State Park Museum, which was built in 1776 by Ancestral Puebloans. The museum houses a wide collection of artifacts from the Ancestral Puebloans. Visitors can learn about the rich culture of the Ancestral Puebloans, their history and customs that still have a strong presence in today’s Navajo Nation.

geology

The park is home to a variety of stunning geological features that are sure to impress. The landscape is mostly covered in red sandstone and its impressive mesas, buttes, canyons and other structures make for an interesting experience. Visitors can find a wide range of minerals scattered throughout the area such as jasper and amethyst. Additionally, there are a few areas of the park where visitors can find fossils.

history

Edge of the Cedars State Park has been a part of Navajo history for centuries. It was in this area that Ancestral Puebloans built many of the structures that can be seen in the park. The museum is home to artifacts that tell us about the ancient culture and way of life of those who came before us. In addition to the museum, visitors can explore a variety of archaeological sites in the park that tell stories about past generations and how they lived. Additionally, visitors can find petroglyphs which are thought to represent ancient spiritual beliefs or be used for communication with other tribes. All of these pieces of history make Edge of the Cedars State Park a great place to discover and learn about the past.
Photo gallery

Wildlife

The area surrounding the Edge of the Cedars State Park is home to a variety of wildlife and plants. This includes elk, deer, coyote, bobcat, cougar, foxes, badgers and many other animals. Visitors can also find a wide array of birds including bald eagles and hawks which are may be seen soaring near the park. Additionally, there are a variety of plant species that live in the park, such as sagebrush and other types of scrub brush.

Planning your trip to the edge of the cedars

Edge of the Cedars State Park is a great place to explore and discover the rich Native American history of the area. The park has something for everyone with its museum, wildlife and geological wonders. There are plenty of opportunities for camping, hiking, biking, bird watching and more. Visitors planning a trip should come prepared for any type of weather as temperatures can vary drastically throughout the year. Additionally, visitors should pack plenty of water and snacks in order to stay hydrated and energized while exploring the park.

lodging/camping

Visitors looking to stay in the area can find a variety of lodging options. There are RV parks nearby as well as hotels, motels and cabins in Blanding, Utah if visitors prefer a more comfortable stay. Additionally, visitors can choose to camp in the park at one of its designated campsites which have fire rings and picnic tables available for use.

dining

Those looking for a place to eat will find plenty of options in the nearby towns. There are restaurants and cafes in Blanding, Utah that serve up a variety of food and drinks. Additionally, visitors can often find roadside stands along their travels that offer up freshly harvested produce from local farms.

Fees/permits

Edge of the Cedars State Park charges Day-use fee as well as a fee for camping and the campground. For more information about fees and permits, visit the state park website for all amounts for Edge of the Cedars State Park.

Pets

Pets are allowed in the park but must be kept on a leash at all times and are not permitted on trails. They are not allowed in the buildings and, additionally, pet owners should always clean up after their pets and dispose of their waste appropriately.

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