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Bureau of Land Management (BLM) Lands

San Juan County abounds with recreational opportunities requiring travel off the beaten path. Visitors should contact local visitor information facilities to determine road conditions and weather forecasts before venturing off-highway. For more information, visit the Bureau of Land Management website.

 

Newspaper Rock

Newspaper Rock Recreation Site

Accessible via Utah Highway 211

  • No Visitor Contact Station
  • Campground
  • No Ranger Programs

Newspaper Rock State Historic Monument is perhaps the largest, best-known and accessible petroglyph panel in Utah. The 200-square foot Wingate sandstone panel is covered with more than 650 symbols evidencing nearly 2,000 years of human history. The human, animal, and abstract symbols etched into Newspaper Rock are mostly undeciphered, but are believed to represent the Basketmaker, Fremont, Ancestral Puebloan, Navajo, and even Anglo cultures that have occupied the area throughout the centuries. The Navajo nicknamed Newspaper Rock Tse’ Hane, meaning “rock that tells a story.” The images have been inscribed in the rock’s “desert varnish,” a black manganese-iron deposit common on sandstone cliffs.
Newspaper Rock is State Historic Monument is located just off State Road 211 (the main road leading to Canyonlands National Park’s Needles District), about twelve miles west of the junction with U.S. Highway 191. The historic monument is just 24 miles northwest of Monticello, in a sheltered setting beneath 250-foot cliffs. There are no fees to visit the monument.

 

Canyon Rims Recreation Site

Accessible via US Highway 191 and San Juan County Road #133
Paved and graded gravel roads throughout

  • No Visitor Contact Station
  • 2 Campgrounds
  • No Ranger Programs

 

Needles Overlook

Spectacular view into the Needles District of Canyonlands National Park.
Accessible from US Highway 191

  • Interpretive Display
  • Wind Whistle Campground

 

Anticline Overlook

Accessible via San Juan County Road #132
Graded gravel road

  • Interpretive Display
  • Hatch Point Campground (primitive)

 

Beef Basin

Accessible via Utah Highway 211 and San Juan County Road #107
High clearance and four wheel drive required.
Permit restrictions: Call the Monticello BLM Field Office at 435-587-1500

  • Dispersed Camping
  • No Services

 

Dark Canyon, Utah

Dark Canyon Primitive Area

Travel restricted to foot and horseback, except on designated primitive roads.

  • Stellar opportunities for backpacking
  • Portions maintained by the US Forest Service
  • Varous Access Points: Contact local visitor information at
    800-574-4386
  • Permit Restrictions: Call the Monticello BLM Field Office at
    435-587-1500 or the Monticello US Forest Service Ranger District at
    435-587-2041

 

Comb Wash

Follows Comb Ridge from the Abajo Mountains to the San Juan River

  • Primitive Camping
  • No Services

 

Grand Gulch

Grand Gulch Primitive Area

Travel limited to foot or horseback
Accessible via Utah Highways 95 and 261
Permit required: Call the Monticello BLM Field Office at 435-587-1500

  • Glimpse life lived in the past
  • Ancient Puebloan ruins

 

 

Mule Canyon Ruin

Mule Canyon Ruin

An easily accessible Puebloan ruin consisting of a kiva, residence block, and tower.

  • Interpretive signing
  • Pit toilet
  • Ample parking
  • Accessible for the physically challenged

 

 

Valley of the Gods, Utah

Valley of the Gods

Freestanding sandstone monoliths, delicate spires, and rock fins
Accessible from Utah Highways 163 and 361

  • Located on the Trail of the Ancients
  • 17 mile loop drive on native surface
  • High clearance recommended
  • No Services
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July, 2017

Jul 26, 2017
Starry Nights @ the Canyon Country Discovery Center
Jul 28, 2017 - Jul 29, 2017
Astronomy Program at Natural Bridges National Monument
Jul 29, 2017
Astronomy Program at Hovenweep National Monument

August, 2017

Aug 04, 2017 - Aug 05, 2017
Blue Mountain Enduro Series Mt. Bike Race
Aug 04, 2017 - Aug 12, 2017
San Juan County Fair
Aug 04, 2017 - Aug 05, 2017
Astronomy Program at Natural Bridges National Monument
Aug 05, 2017
Astronomy Program at Hovenweep National Monument
Aug 10, 2017
Collin Raye Concert
Aug 11, 2017 - Aug 12, 2017
Astronomy Program at Natural Bridges National Monument
Aug 12, 2017
Perseids Meteor Shower
Aug 12, 2017
Astronomy Program at Hovenweep National Monument
Aug 18, 2017
Monticello Movies at the Park- Old Yeller
Aug 18, 2017 - Aug 19, 2017
Astronomy Program at Natural Bridges National Monument
Aug 19, 2017
Astronomy Program at Hovenweep National Monument
Aug 21, 2017
Solar Eclipse Viewing Party
Aug 25, 2017 - Aug 26, 2017
Astronomy Program at Natural Bridges National Monument
Aug 26, 2017
Astronomy Program at Hovenweep National Monument
Aug 31, 2017
Utah Symphony- 'Great American Road Trip' Tour

September, 2017

Sep 08, 2017 - Sep 09, 2017
Indian Summer Festival
Sep 09, 2017
5th Annual Blue Mountain Chase Mt. Bike & Road Race
Sep 13, 2017 - Sep 16, 2017
San Juan ATV Safari
Sep 23, 2017
Young Eagles Fly-in

October, 2017

Oct 14, 2017 - Oct 07, 2017
Newspaper Rock 10K Race
Oct 20, 2017 - Oct 22, 2017
Bluff Arts Festival
Oct 28, 2017
Monticello Harvest Festival