Southeastern Utah contains many structures built by the Anasazi people, and Blanding, 260 mi/420 km southeast of Salt Lake City, makes a good base for exploring them. Some of the best-preserved are in Hovenweep National Monument, which is a collection of six deserted Anasazi villages. It's notable for the masonry structures that look as much like medieval castles as they do Native American pueblos.

Another well-preserved Anasazi village is in Edge of the Cedars State Park ( A museum there documents the cultures of the people who have lived in the area over the centuries. While in town, you should also check out the Dinosaur Museum.

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