Bluff Fort Visitor Center

Current Co-opFree Admission!
Donations are greatly appreciated. The development of the site and its ongoing operation are made possible by your donations.

Open Daily
Mon-Sat 9:00 to 6:00 Today thru Oct

Includes Arbor Kitchen
Ice cream & snacks

Nov 1 - Mar 31
Mon - Sat 10 AM to 4:00 PM

Includes Arbor Kitchen Snacks
Dec 16, 2023 - Jan 2, 2024

Visitor Center CLOSED
Grounds OPEN
Within the Visitor's Center are audio-visual displays, a fully loaded covered wagon, photos of early residents, and a gift shop. Upstairs you will find quilts, works by local artists, and a dance floor. Bluff Fort is comprised of family-sponsored cabins representative of those built before 1895. The oldest anglo-built structure in San Juan County still stands within Bluff Fort! Step inside a genuine Navajo hogan and discover that lifestyle. Visit the blacksmith shop, and climb aboard a covered wagon, or pull an authentic pioneer handcart.
Take a picture. Have a picnic. Free Restrooms.

Cabin with wagonVisitors Welcome After Hours:
During off hours, buildings are closed, but visitors are welcome to stroll through the site, take a photo with a covered wagon or peak through the windows of the pioneer cabins. A memorial wall honors those who made the 1879-80 journey.

Our staff is ready to show you around and answer your questions.

Covered wagons

From the Past

Dec 9 1893 Harpers"Is it possible in any fertile spot in Utah, no matter how remote from civilization, not to find a prosperous band of Mormons? It might have been so before '79, but now we find many interesting settlements. One, a carefully laid out village, built on the bottom-lands of the San Juan River and the cliffs, is fitly called Bluff City.
I cannot imagine a finer example of Mormon enterprise than these two hundred people, with their wealth of cattle and horses, leaving good homes, and facing the dangers and hardships of an unknown country."
-- Remington W. Lane,
Harpers Weekly, December, 9, 1893.

Meet under Bluff Swing TreeCottonwood "Swing Tree," a favorite Bluff meeting place.