Bluff, Utah
Bluff, Utah

Elevation: 4,380 feet (1,335 meters)
Population: 300

Bluff was founded by Mormon settlers after they pioneered the Hole-in-the-Rock trail from western Utah. The original fort, Bluff Fort Historic Site, is still partially standing, and Victorian era homes--some on the National Register of Historic Places--provide a sense of life at the turn of the twentieth century.

A center of prehistoric life, Basketmaker and Puebloan archaeological sites are near the community. Sand Island is near Bluff with its many figures of Kokopelli, the humped back flute player of ancient southwest mythology. Rock art sites abound in the area. An unrestored ancient village site dating to AD 750-900 lies just below the surface near contemporary homes. Older still (dating from AD 1050-1250) and also unrestored, a great house, great kiva, and remnants of a prehistoric road are in evidence near the community. Great houses and kivas represent one of the highest levels of architectural sophistication found among ancient structures in the southwest.

Bluff is the site of the annual International Bluff Balloon Festival in January. In May the Reading of the Gourds takes plce, June sees competitors vying for prizes at the Herbert Maryboy Memorial Rodeo, and the Utah Navajo Fair livens up the town in September. Bluff also hosts the annual Fandango! in Bluff each October with nationally recognized poets and story tellers.

Popular day tours include Natural Bridges and Hovenweep National Monuments, Monument Valley Navajo Tribal Park, Canyonlands and Mesa Verde National Parks, Grand Gulch Primitive Area, and the San Juan River. Package tours are available by contacting Desert Rose Inn, Far Out Expeditions, and Wild Rivers Expeditions. Full services available.

Economic Information

The village of Bluff, nestled within the sandstone bluffs that give the community its name, is located twenty-six miles south of Blanding on US 191. It is on the banks of the San Juan River at 4380 feet in elevation. Founded in 1880, it was the first organized Anglo community in San Juan County.

Many of the Victorian pioneer homes have been, or are being, restored. Bluff was built on the site of a much older pre-Pueblo community, and ancient ruins of that culture abound in the vicinity of Bluff. Recently, Bluff has attracted a number of artists and craftspersons who are busy establishing an artist's community.

Bluff's estimated 2000 population was 370. It provides volunteer fire protection and maintains a Special Service District Board in addition to water utilities.




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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