Elevation: 4,380 feet (1,335 meters)
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.
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.
Lodging in Bluff
March, 2017Mar 30, 2017
Learn to Boulder
April, 2017Apr 06, 2017
Jr. Livestock Nutrition Workshop
Apr 07, 2017
Utah Opera: The Elixir of Love
Apr 08, 2017
Bluff Founders Day & Fry Bread Festival
Apr 24, 2017
Blue Mountain Entertainment Spring Gala
May, 2017May 08, 2017
Young Artists in Concert
May 13, 2017
Comb Ridge Classic 10K/Half Marathon Trail Run
May 15, 2017
Jr. Livestock Health & Quality Assurance Workshop
May 20, 2017
Huff to Bluff Marathon & Half Marathon
June, 2017Jun 16, 2017 - Jun 17, 2017
Jun 17, 2017
Monticello City Sprint Triathlon- City Pool
Jun 30, 2017 - Jul 01, 2017
Jr. Livestock 2 Day Camp
July, 2017Jun 30, 2017 - Jul 01, 2017
Jr. Livestock 2 Day Camp
Jul 08, 2017
Monticello City Sprint Triathlon- Lloyd's Lake
Jul 22, 2017
Monticello Pioneer Day Celebration
August, 2017Aug 04, 2017 - Aug 05, 2017
Blue Mountain Enduro Series Mt. Bike Race
Aug 04, 2017 - Aug 11, 2017
San Juan County Fair
September, 2017Sep 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, 2017Oct 14, 2017 - Oct 07, 2017
Newspaper Rock 10K Race
Oct 28, 2017
Monticello Harvest Festival