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Anasazi State Park is a little tiny spec of a park between Capitol Reef and Grand Staircase-Escalante National Monument. Dwarfed by its more impressive neighbors, it offers a brief view into the ancient peoples who settled here and visitors can enjoy respite from the sun in a picnic area under the trees.
According to the ranger, this park is the farthest western outpost of the Anasazi people. As pictured above, there are several excavated sites along with a six-room replica that you climb through to get a tiny feel for what living in a rock would be like. For short people like me, it’s not too shabby.
It’s a small park that can be experienced in under an hour depending on how long you tarry in the museum. Fees are $5 per person or $10 for families. Honestly it was a bit disappointing for me having visited Mesa Verde the previous year but it’s a mini adventure.
For a an outdoor adventure without ever having to get outside, check out the Lost Gorge Mystery series!