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Near Escalante in Garfield County, Utah — The American Mountains (Southwest)
 

Granary in the Cliffs

Ancient Puebloans

 
 
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By Cosmos Mariner, June 17, 2016
1. Granary in the Cliffs Marker
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Homeland for Many Cultures
People have lived in, named, and known this landscape for more than 11,000 years. Artifacts of their lives surround you. Ancient Puebloan peoples came to and through here from many places speaking many languages. Granaries, arrowheads, rock art, dwellings, pottery, and other cultural remnants offer glimpses of their daily lives, artistry, and imagination. For their descendants — today’s Hopi, Paiute, Navajo, Zuni, Ute, and others — this is ancestral homeland.

If you look carefully at the cliff face on the other side of Scenic Byway 12, you'll see an Ancient Puebloan granary. Made from sandstone, like the cliff around it, the granary is easy to overlook. Try to find it on your own, and use the peep tube if you need to. Several hundred years ago, Ancient Puebloans likely stored food here — perhaps cultivated corn and beans and wild edibles like rice grass and pinyon pine nuts.

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When you're lucky enough to come across Native American art or artifacts, you're face to face with irreplaceable pieces of cultural history. Most regional artifacts are
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By Cosmos Mariner, June 17, 2016
2. Granary in the Cliffs Marker
(looking north across Utah Highway 12 toward granary)
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more than 800 years old, and some rock art dates back 4,000-8,000 years. Look, but don't touch. Oils from your fingers can degrade rock art. Well intended exploration of ruins can dislodge centuries-old masonry. Native American artifacts are protected by law. Please leave them as you find them.

To Learn More
Along Scenic Byway 12, two visitor centers offer extensive information on the region's pre-settlement cultures. If driving west, visit the Grand Staircase-Escalante National Monument Visitor Center in Cannonville. If driving east, stop at the Anasazi State Park Museum in Boulder, where you can explore the excavated remnants of the region's largest known ancient Puebloan settlement.
 
Topics. This historical marker is listed in these topic lists: Anthropology & ArchaeologyNative Americans.
 
Location. 37° 44.523′ N, 111° 43.311′ W. Marker is near Escalante, Utah, in Garfield County. Marker is on State Highway 12 at milepost 51.5, 0.9 miles west of Pet Hollow Road, on the left when traveling west. Marker is located in a pull-out on the south side of the highway. Touch for map. Marker is in this post office area: Escalante UT 84726, United States of America. Touch for directions.
 
Other nearby markers. At least 6 other markers are within 10 miles of this marker, measured as the crow flies. Escalante (approx. 6.8 miles away); Old White Church (approx. 6.9 miles
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By Cosmos Mariner, June 17, 2016
3. Granary Cliff
(view from marker)
away); L.D.S. Tithing Office (approx. 6.9 miles away); First Public Building (approx. 7 miles away); Old Boulder Mail Trail (approx. 7.8 miles away); Second Powell Expedition (approx. 9.8 miles away).
 
Granary Cliff image. Click for full size.
By Cosmos Mariner, June 17, 2016
4. Granary Cliff
(telephoto view from marker)
Granary image. Click for full size.
By Cosmos Mariner, June 17, 2016
5. Granary
(telephoto view from marker)
 
 
Credits. This page was last revised on March 15, 2020. It was originally submitted on March 14, 2020, by Cosmos Mariner of Cape Canaveral, Florida. This page has been viewed 93 times since then and 16 times this year. Photos:   1, 2, 3, 4, 5. submitted on March 15, 2020, by Cosmos Mariner of Cape Canaveral, Florida.

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