Bluff Fort Historic Site is on US 191 (Main St.) between 5th and 6th East. Bluff Fort was established in 1880 by Mormon pioneers building a wagon train road to connect settlements in southwestern Utah and the Four Corners area. Their efforts were a difficult ordeal due not only to negotiating an almost impossibly steep, 2,000-foot descent through the “Hole-in-the-Rock” crevice to the Colorado River, but carving out a trail over formidably rugged terrain.
The site features original buildings and covered wagons as well as 15 replica pioneer cabins with period furnishings and artifacts, replicas of Indian dwellings and a working irrigation water wheel. An audiovisual presentation in the visitor center tells the pioneers' story. Kids can participate in a scavenger hunt and explore a play area with child-size wooden horses, wagons and pioneer dress-up clothes. Other activities include craft demonstrations and panning for gold in a stream.