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I could wander this place for hours. That huge dinosaur leg held my attention, as did the ancient pottery from long-since-left cultures. The gorgeous burden basket is especially breathtaking. One of the coolest things to me is the oral histories. This is when someone interviews locals who lived here way back in the day about their personal history or local events. I love hearing firsthand about old-time cowboys, the uranium boom days, early days of the National Park services, and just people’s individual memories. Some of the voices can be a little hard to understand at times, due to the recording quality or how old that particular tape is.
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Edge of the Cedars State Park Museum is located in Blanding, Utah, about 75 miles south of Moab along U.S. 191. This is a great place to check out if you’re interested in the ancient cultural history of the area. It’s an easy stop along the scenic route toward Capitol Reef National Park, which in turn is en route to both Bryce Canyon National Park and Zion National Park. Hands down, Edge of the Cedars houses some of the best examples of Fremont Indian history, including ruins. The museum was built over an original site, and the remains can be viewed out back–you can climb down into a 1,000-year-old kiva! (The ladder is newer than that and quite sturdy.) The museum also contains the largest collection of Anasazi (Ancestral Puebloan) pottery in the Four Corners area. $5 for adults, $3 for kids (really little ones under five are free). (435) 678-2238.