Elevation: 6,000 feet (1,830 meters)
Blanding, 'Base Camp to Adventure,' is the gateway to the Trail of the Ancients. The trail encompasses Natural Bridges and Hovenweep National Monuments, Goosenecks State Park, and Monument Valley Navajo Tribal Park.
Edge of the Cedars State Park Museum in Blanding displays ancient Puebloan artifacts and maintains an accessible ruin.
At The Dinosaur Museum, you can look into the distant past as you move among life-size realistic dinosaur models, fossils, and skeletons. Stand by a tree trunk that is 275 million years old, or stroll through the History Hall of Hollywood Dinosaurs. The Nations of the Four Corners Cultural Center features home sites typical of the area's historic cultures: a Navajo hogan (ho'gone), Ute tepee, small Hispanic hacienda, and pioneer log cabin.
Popular day tours include the Trail of the Ancients, Edge of the Cedars State Park, Natural Bridges and Hovenweep National Monuments, Grand Gulch Primitive Area, Goosenecks State Park, Monument Valley Navajo Tribal Park, Glen Canyon Recreation Area/Lake Powell, and the John Atlantic Burr Ferry, crossing Lake Powell on a regular schedule. Full services.
At an elevation of 6,036 feet, Blanding is twenty-one miles south of Monticello on US 191, and is the largest and youngest community in the county. Blanding's goal is to become the service center for southeastern Utah. The community is surrounded by wheat fields and pasture, with easy access to mountain recreation.
The College of Eastern Utah-San Juan Campus, a branch of the College of Eastern Utah in Price, is located in Blanding, and grants an Associate Degree.
Utah State University operates a branch in Blanding as well. The San Juan Foundation is headquartered in Blanding and was established to assist the College of Eastern Utah-San Juan Campus, other institutions of higher learning, and the Four Corners Heritage Council.
Blanding supports a public swimming pool, a library, public parks, and a lighted sports field. Edge of the Cedars State Park is located in Blanding and houses an extensive collection of ancient Pueblo artifacts. Blanding is also home to The Dinosaur Museum, run by paleontologist Stephen Czerkas.
Blanding's estimated 2000 population was 3600. Water, sewer, garbage collection, and electric service are provided within the city limits, and Blanding provides volunteer fire protection.
Blanding Municipal Airport, located south of Blanding on US 191, maintains a 6000-foot paved runway, a beacon, medium intensity runway lights, hangars, and minor airframe and engine repair facilities.
Blanding Municipal Airport
Located south of Blanding on US 191, this airport maintains a 6000-foot paved runway, a beacon, medium intensity runway lights, hangars, and minor airframe and engine repair facilities. It is staffed 24 hours a day by a fixed-base operator. Lo Lead and Jet A fuels are available.
Radio Frequency: 122.8
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Lodging in Blanding
March, 2014Mar 10, 2014
Vocaldente - German A Cappella Group
Mar 15, 2014
Monument Valley 50 Mile & 50K Race
Mar 15, 2014
Hovenweep Night Sky Program
April, 2014Apr 11, 2014
STEAM Maker Expo
Apr 14, 2014
Apr 19, 2014
Monticello Easter Egg Hunt
May, 2014May 10, 2014
4th Annual Huff to Bluff Marathon & Half Marathon
May 12, 2014
San Juan High Young Artists Concert
May 17, 2014
Carson & Barnes Circus
June, 2014Jun 14, 2014
Lazy Ace Triathlon
July, 2014Jul 25, 2014
August, 2014Aug 02, 2014
San Juan County Fair
September, 2014Sep 05, 2014
Flippin Flea Market
Sep 10, 2014
12th Annual San Juan ATV Safari
October, 2014Oct 11, 2014
Newspapers Rock 10K
Oct 16, 2014
Bluff Arts Festival
Oct 17, 2014
Lion's Club Fall Feast
Oct 25, 2014
Halloween Harvest Festival
November, 2014Nov 04, 2014
John Wayne's Monument Valley Ride
Nov 08, 2014
Forrest Gump Half Marathon
December, 2014Dec 19, 2014
Olde Fashioned Christmas Festival