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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Events:

July, 2015

May 06, 2015 - Sep 30, 2015
Dark Sky Program at Natural Bridges National Monument
Jul 30, 2015
Great Arizona Puppet Theater
Jul 31, 2015 - Aug 08, 2015
San Juan County Fair
Jul 31, 2015
Friday Night at the Fort- Shelley Mason

August, 2015

May 06, 2015 - Sep 30, 2015
Dark Sky Program at Natural Bridges National Monument
Jul 31, 2015 - Aug 08, 2015
San Juan County Fair
Aug 01, 2015
Tractor Pull
Aug 01, 2015
2nd Annual Abajo Endruo Downhill Bike Race
Aug 11, 2015
Perseid Meteor Shower
Aug 14, 2015 - Aug 15, 2015
2015 Southern Company Contest Pow-Wow
Aug 14, 2015
Friday Night at the Fort- Joe Bartons & Scott Mitchell
Aug 21, 2015
Friday Night at the Fort- Home Town Harmony
Aug 22, 2015
Lecture: Birds in Ancestral Pueblo Rock Art and Culture
Aug 22, 2015
La Sal Mountain Summer Festival
Aug 28, 2015
Friday Night at the Fort- Dance

September, 2015

May 06, 2015 - Sep 30, 2015
Dark Sky Program at Natural Bridges National Monument
Sep 04, 2015
Friday Night at the Fort- Randy Buchard & Anna Hart
Sep 10, 2015 - Sep 12, 2015
San Juan ATV Safari
Sep 11, 2015 - Sep 12, 2015
3rd Annual Indian Summer Festival
Sep 11, 2015
Friday Night at the Fort- Mary Kaye
Sep 18, 2015 - Sep 20, 2015
Utah Navajo Fair & Rodeo
Sep 18, 2015
Friday Night at the Fort- James Michael
Sep 25, 2015
Friday Night at the Fort- Tango Dance
Sep 26, 2015
Lecture: Closer Than We Know

October, 2015

Oct 02, 2015
Friday Night at the Fort- Valerie & Allen Brown
Oct 09, 2015
Friday Night at the Fort- Elk Ridge Boys
Oct 10, 2015
Newspaper Rock 10K & 26K
Oct 24, 2015
Lecture: Repatriation and Reburial after 25 Years on NAGPRA in the Southwest