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.
Utah State University- Blanding Campus, a branch of Utah State University in Logan, is located in Blanding and offers Associates, Bachelors, and Masters Degrees. The San Juan Foundation, the Four Corners Heritage Council, and the San Juan Heritage Council are also headquartered in Blanding.
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
December, 2014Dec 21, 2014
Dec 21, 2014
Winter Solstice Paleo-Bison Burning
January, 2015Jan 05, 2015
Ultimi 3 Tenors
Jan 16, 2015 - Jan 18, 2015
17th Annual Bluff International Balloon Festival
February, 2015Feb 02, 2015
March, 2015Mar 02, 2015
O Sole Trio
April, 2015Apr 10, 2015 - Apr 11, 2015
Apr 27, 2015
August, 2015Aug 01, 2015
2nd Annual Abajo Enduro
October, 2015Oct 10, 2015
Newspaper Rock 10K & 26K