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.


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

February, 2017

Feb 27, 2017
1st Annual Spring Beef Workshop
Feb 27, 2017 - Mar 01, 2017
Seven Brides for Seven Brothers

March, 2017

Feb 27, 2017 - Mar 01, 2017
Seven Brides for Seven Brothers
Mar 02, 2017 - Mar 03, 2017
The 7 Habits for Small Business Managers
Mar 03, 2017 - Mar 05, 2017
Celebrate Cedar Mesa 2017
Mar 03, 2017
Sportsmen for Fish & Wildlife Fundraising Banquet
Mar 10, 2017
Jr. Livestock Selection Workshop
Mar 20, 2017
Michael Tilley
Mar 27, 2017
Ricklen Nobis & Walter Hayman

April, 2017

Apr 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, 2017

May 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

June, 2017

Jun 16, 2017 - Jun 17, 2017
PRCA Rodeo
Jun 17, 2017
Monticello City Sprint Triathlon- City Pool
Jun 30, 2017 - Jul 01, 2017
Jr. Livestock 2 Day Camp

July, 2017

Jun 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, 2017

Aug 04, 2017 - Aug 05, 2017
Blue Mountain Enduro Series Mt. Bike Race
Aug 04, 2017 - Aug 11, 2017
San Juan County Fair

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 07, 2017
Newspaper Rock 10K Race
Oct 28, 2017
Monticello Harvest Festival