Blanding, Utah
Quality of Life

San Juan County is known for its beauty and diversity. Colorful slickrock canyons and deserts, ancient Pueblo ruins, intriguing geologic formations, Lake Powell, National and State Parks and Monuments, beautiful mountains, creeks and lakes, as well as three major rivers are all within the borders of San Juan County.

Quality of Life is an extremely important component in the county's economic development, and one not readily measured. The isolation and remote location of San Juan County are seen as both assets and challenges. Many of the people in the county are of pioneer heritage, devoutly religious, and very independent. This independence sometimes surfaces as the glue that holds the community together, but can also be seen as a challenge.

Crime Rate

Crime rate and incidence of violence are very low in San Juan County as compared to metropolitan areas. The rural nature of society in the county tends to limit the incidence of serious crime.

Employment

In 1992, family farms operated in the county with an average of 1577 acres. The quality of life has been historically linked with agricultural endeavor. The livestock industry is, however, under siege. Livestock producers are, in some cases, battling for existence. Many agricultural producers have at least one family member working off the farm or ranch to add support.

Government employs the largest number of people in the county. Federal, State, and County employees numbered 1370 in 1992. For the same period, the wholesale and retail trades employed 550; service and miscellaneous 637; with declining numbers for other industry.

Arts and Enterntainment

Kigalia Fine Arts in Blanding, and Blue Mountain Entertainment in Monticello, bring entertainment to each community through the year. Musicians and vocalists, magicians, and puppet shows delight audiences. The Edge of the Seaters Theater Group performs in Blanding throughout the year, and Young's Theater, an historic building in Monticello, is currently being renovated by the Monticello Foundation and, when completed, will provide year-round community theater.

Clubs and Organizations

The following clubs and organizations are active in San Juan County:

  • Blanding Chamber of Commerce
  • Boy Scouts
  • Cub Scouts
  • Daughters of the Utah Pioneers
  • Lions
  • Monticello Chamber of Commerce
  • Monticello Foundation
  • Natural Food Club
  • San Juan Foundation
  • Southwest Heritage Foundation TOPS
  • Trail of the Ancients Amateur Archaeology Society
  • 4-H (operated by the Utah State University Extension Service located in the County Courthouse in Monticello

The Kigalia Book Club in Blanding, the Arts Club in Monticello, and a group in Bluff regularly study and discuss literature and topics of cultural interest.

Arts and Crafts Education

Private music and dance lessons are available for adults and children through local teachers. The area has become home to many artists and craftspersons, some of whom teach their skills in private classes. Monticello is home to Soapy's Gallery, an artists' cooperative.

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Quality of Life
Events:

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