When you visit the Anasazi Heritage Center, take a few minutes to enjoy the gardens and grounds. The museum grounds occupy about 100 acres that were first landscaped in 1988, and are now anchored with mature trees and shrubs. The gardens are designed to blend with the landscape and offer vistas of the Four Corners and Sleeping Ute Mountain. Informal outdoor seating areas, a picnic area, and paved walkways allow visitors to enjoy the careful stonework, natural meadows, planted flower beds, and wild original forest cover.
The Anasazi Heritage Center grounds are 7,100 feet above sea level, straddling the Pinyon/Juniper and the Pine/Oak ecological zones. These zones overlap here with an interesting blend of native trees, shrubs, grasses, and flowers.
With Plant Select® plants and other hardy perennials integrated into the plaza's planting beds and general landscape, native and adapted plant varieties can be compared almost side-by-side.
Many of our plants have thrived in the high elevation, dry climate, and heavy alkaline soil of the Four Corners region for hundreds of years. Our gardens may help you understand the importance of plants to the Ancestral Puebloan people.
The BLM Anasazi Heritage Center boasts a collection of native grasses, flowers, cacti, shrubs, and trees that are undisturbed in their original settings. Many of these plants are visible along the Escalante Trail that winds for a half-mile through natures's own xeriscape garden.
Starting from the parking lot, the trail ends at the Escalante Pueblo with views for miles in all directions. In spring, the blooms of Mountain Mahogany, Serviceberry, Fendlerbush, and Squaw Apple are beautiful.