Anasazi State Park Museum – Utah
Anasazi State Park Museum is an ancient Indian Village that is located on six acres in beautiful Boulder, Utah on the east side of Scenic Byway 12. This was once the site of one of the largest Ancestral Puebloan communities west of the Colorado River, occupied by an estimated 200 Anasazi from 1050 to 1200 A.D. Partial excavations have unearthed about 100 structures and thousands of artifacts. — Learn more and view a google location map – here.
As state parks go, this one is definitely more museum. Inside the visitor center and museum you’ll find arrowheads, pottery, tools and more on display, plus interpretive exhibits, a bookstore, an auditorium, and a viewing window to the research area. A local landowner who discovered more than 10,000 artifacts on his property over the years has donated some of the items on display. The dwelling ruins, known as the Coombs Site, are located behind the museum.
A short paved trail leads around the ruins, which are mostly low stone walls but give pretty good insight to how the Anasazi village was set up. There are two main groups of ruins showing about 30 rooms, a partially restored kiva (pit house) and a fully replicated six-room dwelling. Wood found in the ruins suggests that the site was burned before the Anasazi moved south to Arizona.
The excavated area covers only a few hundred feet of the park’s six acres, and can take at least one hour to explore both the ruins and museum. It’s the perfect stop along Scenic Byway 12, and an easy half-day excursion from Torrey. You can make the trip with a straight shot down Scenic Byway 12 from Torrey and be there in about 45 minutes. Visitors coming from Bicknell and Teasdale can take Highway 24 southeast for about 10 miles, then head south on Scenic Byway 12. Pack a picnic lunch and enjoy the ruins set against the stunning red rock backdrop. Anasazi Indian Village State Park is open year-round.