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Anasazi Indian Village State Park, UT

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Distance Lasso-Loop 0.2 miles
Trailhead Elevation 6,600 feet
Elevation Gain 1 feet
Avg Time Round Trip 0.5 hour
Kokopelli Seeds 0.21
Interest Ruins & Historic
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5  2004-10-19 Crzy4AZ
7  2004-07-03 PaleoRob
Author PaleoRob
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Routes 216
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Trips 1,080 map ( 2,419 miles )
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Location Grand Junction, CO
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See a restored Anasazi village!
by PaleoRob

In Boulder, Utah, the Anasazi Village State Park offers the chance to see something that isn't common across the Colorado Plateau; a restored Anasazi village. In the late 1200's the fertile valley that now contains the Mormon settlement of Boulder was home to some of the northernmost Anasazi villages. Owing to their location, this area was likely a mixing pot between the Virgin and Kayenta Branches of the Anasazi, and the neighboring Fremont Culture. Now one of these sites is on display for the public at Anasazi Village State Park. The trail starts at the rear of the small but excellent museum. The trail is short, but if you need to top off your water bottle there is a water fountain at the museum.

Almost immediately after leaving the museum, on your left, is a the village. This village is not the actual village that the Anasazi inhabited. What the park's scientists have done is recreate the actual village, which is further on the trail, as it would have appeared while it was occupied, but in an area that would still allow for the exploration and study of the ruins. You are free to enter into the buildings, peer in the doors, and look at the craftsmanship of the walls. The techniques used to build this village are exactly the same as were used in the 1200's. If you have been to places like Mesa Verde or Betatakin, compare the masonry work. Here the blending of Fremont and Kayenta styles is most apparent to the untrained eye.

Moving on further down the trail there is a large shelter over a section of ground, similar to the cover over Casa Grande. Unlike Casa Grande's Big House, hardly anything remains of the original village that stood on this spot. The cover protects the foundations, which are exposed for viewing, from summer monsoons and winter snows (both of which can be quite harsh). It is really quite amazing to look at the remains of those rooms and think of the people who live and died, loved, hoped, dreamed, and eventually left in this same spot all those hundreds of years ago. Would they have any idea that in 800 years, all that would remain would be some stones and posts? After you have finished exploring the ruins, return to the museum by the path by the restored village.

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2008-01-27 PaleoRob
    WARNING! Hiking and outdoor related sports can be dangerous. Be responsible and prepare for the trip. Study the area you are entering and plan accordingly. Dress for the current and unexpected weather changes. Take plenty of water. Never go alone. Make an itinerary with your plan(s), route(s), destination(s) and expected return time. Give your itinerary to trusted family and/or friends.

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    Anasazi Village State Park $5 per day

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    Paved - Car Okay

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    Boulder is pretty much in the middle of nowhere, but one of the most beautiful middle of nowheres possible. The drive itself is amazingly breathtaking. Starting from Kanab, drive north on US89 towards Bryce Canyon. At Panguitch Junction, turn right onto Utah Route 12. Take this route past Bryce Canyon, Tropic, Cannonville, Henrieville, and Escalante. You reach Boulder about 87 miles after leaving US89. The State Park is at the north end of town, and is signed. Total drive time is about 3 1/2 hours. Another option, for the intrepid, is from Blanding to Boulder via the Burr Trail, a spectacular stretch of road. Take Utah Route 95 west towards Natural Bridges. Make a left onto UT 276 (signed) Towards Bullfrog/Halls Crossing. Take the ferry across Lake Powell. After crossing the lake, take a left on CR-1668, the Burr Trail. Burr Trail ends in Boulder at UT12. Turn right when you reach Boulder onto UT12, and the museum will be a few blocks north on the right. Estimated driving time is about 5 1/2 hours, depending on the ferry and road conditions. Plan to camp out somewhere outside of town.
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