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The Anasazi State Museum and partially excavated prehistoric Native American village is located in the heart of the small picturesque town of Boulder, which sits amidst green fields and hills of white quilted rock. These ruins were once the site of one of the largest Anasazi communities west of the Colorado River and served as a hub of Anasazi culture. Experts believe that Anasazi occupied the village between 1050 and 1200 A.D.
While in the area, we recommend that you also visit the museum (where artifacts from this ancient culture are displayed year-round).
As you travel West on Route 24, observe the remnants and feel the spirit of those hardy pioneers who settled and made this their home. In Blue Valley, later named Giles, a portion of the Abbott home stands and in Capitol Reef visit the one room Behunin Cabin.
With each journey through this special place, called Capitol Reef, new pleasures meet the eye. A different rock formation, a different blend of colors – Mother Nature uses all to sculptor and paint her masterpieces. Don’t miss her beautiful painting on the canyon wall just west of the Behunin Cabin. With bold strokes of buff, chocolate brown and a touch of rust, emerges the head of a husky. Colors merging and blending bring forth pointed ears, dark eyes and nose and continue into the ruff around his neck. There is no mistaking this wonderful work of art.
Stop at the waterfall and see how water can cut and form the red sandstone. A nice swim would feel so refreshing after a hard day of sight seeing.