Bluff Fort

(Bluff UT)
Stopped to see the Bluff Fort historic settlement. Some of it was original, and some recreated. Still, it was interesting to learn how they came and endured. I enjoyed seeing the film and the exhibits at the fort explaining the history.

Cover wagon, flag pole and stone building

Bluff Fort

BTW, it was not a fort, as in military; rather, the town was laid out in the same fashion as one. Some of the docents at the fort were descendants of the original pioneers, which made the stories more authentic.

Old cabin and wagon

Original Cabin

Rail fence around a garden

Garden in Bluff Fort

Went to eat at Twin Rocks Café, got caught up on the internet and posted to the blog. Found out that the Swinging Bridge over the San Juan River was washed away in a flood. It took you to a native ruin, so didn’t get to see either.

Rock formation of two pillars

Twin Rocks

Native rock drawings

Petroglyphs at Sand Island

A side trip to Sand Island, to see a petroglyph panel, took only a few minutes. And, a drive through Canyon of the Gods was aborted when I was warned about soft sand in the many washes to cross; and, because of forecasted rain.

Deep gorge of San Juan River

Goosenecks Gorge

RV on edge of gorge

Tardis at Goosenecks SP

By the time I had finished, I had to scoot out to the long awaited campsite at Goosenecks State Park (no longer free). There, you can camp on the rim of a very deep canyon, in a gooseneck shape, with the San Juan River at the bottom. One of those ‘must do’ items. There was a rainbow at the canyon when I arrived; maybe a good sign.

Camp: Goosenecks SP – on the rim
Scene: Fort, petroglyphs, rocks, canyon

8 Responses to Bluff Fort

  1. J. RICHARD SECOR October 3, 2014 at 2:12 am #

    Interesting post and great photos

    • Pleinguy October 3, 2014 at 4:04 am #

      Thanks; I appreciate that.

  2. Dizzy-Dick October 3, 2014 at 3:13 am #

    Camped that near to the cliff, I hope you don’t sleep walk.

    • Pleinguy October 3, 2014 at 4:05 am #

      It was pretty close. But, then that’s part of the thrill of camping there.

  3. Gypsy October 3, 2014 at 3:29 am #

    It looks like a beautiful and spectacular place. How interesting to find descendents of the original settlers still living in the area.

    • Pleinguy October 3, 2014 at 4:06 am #

      It was a fun visit. And, meeting folks related to the original pioneers gave extra meaning to the story they had to tell.

  4. Sondra October 3, 2014 at 10:30 pm #

    Did you visit the Twin Rocks Trading Post? I’v e been a reader of his blog for a while, and I know they sell lovely authentic native american arts.

    • Pleinguy October 4, 2014 at 1:04 am #

      I didn’t go into the Trading Post, but did have lunch at the Cafe which was very good.

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