Ute & Navajo Nations of Southeastern Utah
(Southeastern Utah Region)
P.O. Box 9000, Highway 264 Tribal Hills Drive
Window Rock, AZ 86515
Ancient Habitation Sites, Rock Art Panels, and Museums
Southeastern Utah - Ute & Navajo Region
Newspaper Rock is one of the finest examples of rock art in the Southwest. This stone "bulletin board" has over 350 distinct petroglyphs carved by the ancients more than 800 years ago. This BLM-administered site is on Hwy 211 accessible from US 191 near Canyonlands National Park.
Edge of the Cedars State Park and Museum in Blanding interprets the remains of an ancient Puebloan village with its ceremonial kivas that were built between 700 and 1220 A.D. The museum houses a collection of artifacts and pottery from southeastern Utah, www.stateparks.utah.gov/parks/edge-of-the-cedars.
The Nations of the Four Corners Cultural Center, also in Blanding, honors the Native American, Hispanic and Anglo cultures that live here.
Trail of the Ancients is a 100-mile National Scenic Byway loop that begins south of Monticello. Many remnants of the Pueblo culture between 300 and 1300 AD are seen while traveling this unique roadway that takes in several national monuments, Mesa Verde National Park, and famed Monument Valley Navajo Tribal Park.
Grand Gulch Primitive Area, southwest of Blanding near the junction of Hwys 261 and 95, contains hundreds of cliff dwellings. The BLM requires visitors to obtain a permit before entering this rugged, non-motorized area.
Hovenweep National Monument, southeast of Blanding via Hwy 262, presents an ancient fortress and tower ruins in a solitary setting, www.nps.gov/hove.
Monument Valley was set aside as a Navajo Tribal Park in 1959. This iconic symbol of the American West is internationally recognizable, having appeared in countless movies. Both the park headquarters and visitor center offer information on the area and exhibit Navajo archaeology, arts and crafts. A self-guided scenic drive leads to overlooks of the park's famous formations, while further exploration is offered via guided tour, www.navajonationparks.org.