A new adventure called Fort Bluff has been rededicated within the last year (Oct 2013), and it is amazing. Bluff is just a wide spot in the middle of Highway 191 near the four corners area, but Fort Bluff is really fun. It is run by a group called the Hole in the Rock Foundation, and tells the story of Mormon Pioneers who founded Bluff. These pioneers traveled across some of the most rugged terrain in the United States to get from Cedar City to Bluff. They made the famous “Hole in the Wall” trek that dropped their wagons off a vertical cliff through a narrow gap.
Yup. The Pioneers dropped their wagons down that gap. Most amazing of all, no one died on the trek across Utah, and two babies were born during the 5 month trek, so the net population of the wagon train ended up +2.
Anyway, Fort Bluff has a great video of this event. If you’re like us, you’ll watch it with your mouth hanging wide open. But besides the story there is a lot of fun at Fort Bluff.
The “camp” is arranged like an old town with 10 or 12 cabins. Each cabin has a button to push that tells the story of a pioneer from this area from actual source documents of the time. There is also a blacksmith shop, a church meeting house, and a Relief Society Hall where the women met. A large barn serves as a gift shop and welcome center. There are other buildings, handcarts, wagons, and some unique photo opportunities. The helpful volunteers dressed us up in pioneer clothing and loaded us up in a wagon. Later, the boys dressed as cowboys for another picture. We had so much fun we spent over 2 hours at Fort Bluff. Our kids loved it, and we learned a lot about the fortitude and tenacity of the first white settlers of this area.