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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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June, 2017

Jun 23, 2017
Monticello Movies at the Park- Homeward Bound
Jun 23, 2017
Starry Nights @ the Canyon Country Discovery Center
Jun 23, 2017 - Jun 24, 2017
Astronomy Program at Natural Bridges National Monument
Jun 24, 2017
Astronomy Program at Hovenweep National Monument
Jun 28, 2017 - Jun 25, 2017
Starry Nights @ the Canyon Country Discovery Center
Jun 30, 2017 - Jul 01, 2017
Jr. Livestock 2 Day Camp
Jun 30, 2017 - Jun 24, 2017
Starry Nights @ the Canyon Country Discovery Center
Jun 30, 2017
Beauty and the Beast
Jun 30, 2017
Pinocchio
Jun 30, 2017 - Jul 01, 2017
Astronomy Program at Natural Bridges National Monument

July, 2017

Jun 30, 2017 - Jul 01, 2017
Jr. Livestock 2 Day Camp
Jun 30, 2017 - Jul 01, 2017
Astronomy Program at Natural Bridges National Monument
Jul 01, 2017
Stars n' S'mores Night Sky Program
Jul 01, 2017 - Jul 04, 2017
Blanding's July 4th Celebration
Jul 01, 2017
Dinosaur Museum Fundraiser & Open House
Jul 01, 2017
Astronomy Program at Hovenweep National Monument
Jul 06, 2017
Starry Nights @ the Canyon Country Discovery Center
Jul 06, 2017
Great Arizona Puppet Theater- The Three Wishes
Jul 07, 2017
Starry Nights @ the Canyon Country Discovery Center
Jul 07, 2017
Monticello Movies at the Park- Sing
Jul 07, 2017 - Jul 08, 2017
Astronomy Program at Natural Bridges National Monument
Jul 08, 2017
Monticello City Sprint Triathlon- Lloyd's Lake
Jul 08, 2017
Starry Nights @ the Canyon Country Discovery Center
Jul 08, 2017
Parks & Beautification Fundraising Gala
Jul 08, 2017
Astronomy Program at Hovenweep National Monument
Jul 08, 2017
Hillman Triathlon
Jul 08, 2017
Ranch Horse Sale & Ranch Roping
Jul 13, 2017
Starry Nights @ the Canyon Country Discovery Center
Jul 14, 2017
Starry Nights @ the Canyon Country Discovery Center
Jul 14, 2017 - Jul 15, 2017
Astronomy Program at Natural Bridges National Monument
Jul 15, 2017
Starry Nights @ the Canyon Country Discovery Center
Jul 15, 2017
Monticello Sprint Triathlon Series Sprint #2
Jul 15, 2017
Astronomy Program at Hovenweep National Monument
Jul 20, 2017
Starry Nights @ the Canyon Country Discovery Center
Jul 20, 2017
Movies at Veterans Park
Jul 20, 2017 - Jul 22, 2017
Monticello Ghost Tour
Jul 21, 2017
Starry Nights @ the Canyon Country Discovery Center
Jul 21, 2017
Monticello Movies at the Park- Moana
Jul 21, 2017 - Jul 22, 2017
Astronomy Program at Natural Bridges National Monument
Jul 22, 2017
Monticello Pioneer Day Celebration
Jul 22, 2017
Starry Nights @ the Canyon Country Discovery Center
Jul 22, 2017
Astronomy Program at Hovenweep National Monument
Jul 27, 2017
Starry Nights @ the Canyon Country Discovery Center
Jul 28, 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 11, 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 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 Veterans Park
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

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 15, 2017
Movies at Veterans Park
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