Blanding, Utah
Blanding, Utah

Elevation: 6,000 feet (1,830 meters)
Population: 3,600

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.

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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.

Identifier: BDG
Radio Frequency: 122.8
Phone: 435-678-3222



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May, 2016

Apr 16, 2016 - Oct 01, 2016
Dark Sky Program at Hovenweep National Monument
May 07, 2016
Peggi Oki Brings the Ocean to Canyon Country
May 08, 2016 - May 14, 2016
Redrock River Run on the Upper San Juan river w/Wilderness Medicine Classes
May 09, 2016
Young Artists in Concert
May 09, 2016
5K/1Mile Color & Bubble Community Fun Run
May 14, 2016
Comb Ridge Classic Half Marathon & 10K Trail Run
May 21, 2016
Huff to Bluff Marathon & Half Marathon

June, 2016

Apr 16, 2016 - Oct 01, 2016
Dark Sky Program at Hovenweep National Monument
Jun 21, 2016 - Jun 24, 2016
Earth, Water, Sky Summer Science Camp
Jun 27, 2016 - Jun 30, 2016
Family Fun on Redrock River Run- Upper San Juan River Trip

July, 2016

Apr 16, 2016 - Oct 01, 2016
Dark Sky Program at Hovenweep National Monument
Jul 21, 2016 - Jul 23, 2016
Joseph and the Amazing Technicolor Dreamcoat

August, 2016

Apr 16, 2016 - Oct 01, 2016
Dark Sky Program at Hovenweep National Monument
Aug 05, 2016 - Aug 06, 2016
Abajo Enduro
Aug 20, 2016
Canyon Country Discovery Center Grand Opening Celebration

September, 2016

Apr 16, 2016 - Oct 01, 2016
Dark Sky Program at Hovenweep National Monument
Sep 05, 2016 - Sep 11, 2016
Lessons From the River with Rabbi Shefa Gold
Sep 18, 2016 - Sep 24, 2016
Archaeological Survey & Mapping in Southeast Utah

October, 2016

Apr 16, 2016 - Oct 01, 2016
Dark Sky Program at Hovenweep National Monument
Oct 02, 2016 - Oct 08, 2016
Hiking and Archaeology Adventure on Lake Powell

November, 2016

Nov 18, 2016 - Nov 20, 2016
Monument Valley Balloon Event