Anasazi State Park, UT

Location:Anasazi State Park
460 N. Hwy 12
Boulder, UT

What is now Anasazi State Park was once one of the largest Anasazi communities west of the Colorado River. The site is believed to have been occupied from A.D. 1050 to 1200. The small portion of the village that has been excavated is the focus of this park. There is also a small museum displaying artifacts that have been recovered.

General Information

This site located in Boulder, UT is about 6 acres in size. This site is believed, to have been occupied between A.D. 1050 and 1200. The site was originally excavated in the late 1950s. It is now called the Coombs Site. The items recovered at that time are now currently in the museum. The museum is open for self guided tours of the area. They have made replicas and have information on each part of the area. There are areas open for picnicking. This is a great stop for those that are looking to see just a little more in that area. Within a short drive of Boulder, you can visit Calf Creek Falls, Hellís Backbone, Circle Cliffs, the Burr Trail, Hole-in-the-Rock, Escalante and Kodachrome Basin state parks.

Anasazi State Park lies along Utah Highway 12 in Boulder, Utah, between the Grand Staircase-Escalante National Monument (south) and the Dixie National Forest (north). Twenty-eight miles northeast of Escalante on Highway 12, or thirty-five miles South of Torrey from Highway 24

Who were the Anasazi?

Anasazi is a Navajo word interpreted to mean ancient enemies, enemy ancestors or ancient ones. During the 15th and 16th centuries, the Navajo arrived in what is now the southwestern United States. Ancestors of their foe, the modern Pueblo Indians, inhabited the area prior to the Navajo. What the Anasazi called themselves, however, probably never will be known. More recently, some archaeologists adopted the term Ancestral Pueblo, which suggests common ties with modern Pueblos. Although Ancestral Pueblo is probably more accurate, archaeologists have used the term Anasazi for many decades, and it now is generally accepted. It refers to village dwelling farmers who existed in the southern Colorado Plateau of the Four Corners region of Utah, Colorado, New Mexico, Arizona and southern Nevada between about A.D. 1 and 1300.