|Six-room replica of ancient dwelling at Anasazi State Park (Julianne G. Crane)|
According to museum sources: This is one of the largest communities of the 'ancient ones' west of the Colorado River, it was opened to the public as a state park in 1970. This partially excavated and reconstructed village consists of almost 100 rooms. Outside the museum, visitors can tour a life-sized, six-room replica (above) of an ancient dwelling and view a portion of the original site.
"Anasazi is a Navajo word that is now referred to as the ancient ones. Anasazi refers to village-dwelling farmers who existed on the Colorado Plateau between A.D. 1 and 1300. They eventually cultivated crops, and the primary products were corn, beans, squash, and cotton. They domesticated the turkey, and continued to gather wild plant foods and hunt game in order to supplement their diet."
|Underground 'pithouse' (Julianne G. Crane)|
Because pithouses are better insulted that surface dwellings, they were perfect for higher elevations of 6,700 feet. They remained cooler in the extremely hot summers and warmer in the frigid winters.
There are picnic tables and restrooms. The small community of Boulder has basic supplies, however. don't expect a large selection of groceries or other travelers' needs.
If you go:
Anasazi State Park Museum
On Hwy 12, in the town of Boulder, Utah, approximately 248 miles south of Salt Lake City.
Elevation: 6,700 feet
Park hours: Open year-round, seven days a week
March 1-Oct. 31: 8 a.m. to 6 p.m.
Nov. 1-March 1: 9 a.m. to 5 p.m.
Holiday Closures: Thanksgiving, Christmas, and New Year's Day
Fee: $5 admission; $3 Utah seniors; $10 for families
Address: PO Box 1429, Boulder, UT
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Photos: (Julianne G. Crane)