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
Lodging in Blanding
December, 2013Dec 13, 2013 - Dec 15, 2013
4th Annual Monument Valley Balloon Event
Dec 13, 2013 - Dec 14, 2013
Olde Fashioned Christmas
Dec 15, 2013
Dec 18, 2013 - Dec 19, 2013
Saddle Up for Service- Customer Service Seminars
January, 2014Jan 17, 2014 - Jan 19, 2014
16th Annual Bluff International Balloon Festival
Jan 27, 2014
Battle of the Bands
February, 2014Feb 10, 2014
Clive Romney- Musician & Pioneer Storyteller
March, 2014Mar 10, 2014
Vocaldente - German A Cappella Group
April, 2014Apr 14, 2014
May, 2014May 12, 2014
San Juan High Young Artists Concert
May 14, 2014
Carson & Barnes Circus