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Utah's Historic Sites

Anasazi State Park
Cedar Breaks National Monument
Dinosaur National Monument
Edge of the Cedars State Park
Fort Buena-Ventura State Park
Fremont Indian State Park & Museum
Golden Spike National Historic Site
Historic Union Pacific Rail Trail State Park
Iron Mission State Park Museum
Mormon Pioneer National Historic Trail
Natural Bridges National Monument
Oregon National Historic Trail
Pony Express National Historic Trail
Territorial Statehouse State Park Museum
Utah Field House of Natural History Museum

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Description - Utah's history is rich with the movement of the Mormaons to the Salt Lake area, the building of the transcontinental railroad, and its modern history of recreation and industry.

Attractions - The locations of early settlements, the routes taken by the Mormons and the early railroads, and other historic sites and buildings are well preserved by the State of Utah and the Federal Government.

Recreation - Recreational activities at historic sites include visitor centers, interpretive programs and viewing of historic buildings and locations.

Climate - The climate of Utah varies with the terrain. Visitors to the mountains will experience cool summer nights and passing storms that can alter a sunny day very quickly. Be prepared with layers when recreating in the mountains.

The deserts and canyons of Utah can be dangerous places. Summer temperatures often reach above 100 degrees F, so be sure to carry water on all adventures. Flash floods in the canyons are also a threat. It is difficult to predict incoming weather when deep within a canyon so check reports before venturing into any narrow canyon areas.

Location - The location of historic sites is available along with driving instructions and a map on each of the wildernet pages describing an individual site.

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Filed By: Michael Zimmer (Vernal, UT)
Number of People Encountered: 0-10 ppl
Recommend to a Friend: Highly
Report: Our destination was John Jarvis Hisorical Ranch. We left Vernal UT. following the signs to Browns Park on Brush creek rd to Diamond Mt rd to Browns Park rd. Beautiful drive, recomend 4x4 vehicle although it's not a difficult trail. We ended up at Swinging Bridge and crossed the Green river (3 ton weight limit on the bridge). From there we traveled to colo hwy 318 and turned west to Jarvis Historical ranch. The routt we took from there lead us into the Flaming Gorge National Recreation Area and on to Dutch John were we picked up Hwy 191 and back to Vernal, in all a 130mile drive and well worth it. We saw mule deer, antelope, coyote, lots of turkey buzzards and other birds. The drive across the swinging bridge made my heart go pitter patter but it's a good bridge. In all the drive took us to 3 states in 8hrs, picnic at the Historic Ranch and had a wonderful time.

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Utah - Federal lands in Utah encompass nearly two thirds of the total acreage within the state. Deep canyons contrast high mountains and illustrate the diversity found in the states flora, fauna and topography.


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