The Abajo Mountains, also known as the Blue Mountains, are a small mountain range located west of Monticello and north of Blanding.
Although Abajo means 'low' in Spanish, the range peaks at 11,362 feet at Abajo Peak. Scenic drives lead through the pleasant mountain scenery, climbing out of the red rock desert and into the aspen and fir-timbered peaks.
The Abajo Loop crosses the mountain range, peaking around 9,000 feet and ending on the north side of the range near Hwy 211 near Canyonlands National Park. South Creek Road, a spur road on the Abajo Loop, continues to the top of Abajo Peak for views of Canyonlands National Park and southeastern Utah.
The Elk Ridge Road Scenic Backway (FR-079) near Natural Bridges National Monument climbs over 8,700 feet in elevation onto Elk Ridge, and through the Bears Ears Buttes.
Winter recreation access for groomed cross country ski trails, backcounty skiing, snowshoeing, and snowmobiling can be found 5 miles west of Monticello on FR-105/Co Rd-101 at the Dalton Springs Trailhead. To access the trailhead from Monticello, turn west onto 200 S next to the Visitor Center.
Great alpine mountain biking can also be found in the Abajo Mountains. Popular trails include; Robertson's Pasture, Bulldog, Shay Ridge, Spring Creek, Wagon Wheel, and Indian Creek. Please visit our Mountain Biking page for more information.
Anglers seeking alpine solitude will find a few small lakes such as Loyd’s, Foy, and Monticello lakes with decent trout fishing. The remote and primitive Dark Canyon Wilderness Area is located nearby.