Blanding, Utah

Top Spots in and near Blanding

  • San Juan County, Utah

    Backpack Grand Gulch

    10 mi / 600 ft gain
    Bears Ears National Monument is a truly special place. We voyaged willingly on a journey of discovery into the roots of who we are as human beings, and we were not disappointed: the ruins accessible in the canyons brought tears to our eyes. While Bears Ears used to receive just 9,000 visitors ann...
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  • San Juan County, Utah

    Backpack Great Gulch: Kane Gulch to Bullet Canyon

    5.0
    25 mi
    One of the many wonderful hidden gems in Utah (so just tell you close friends about it).Kane Gulch is located four miles south of the Highway 95/Highway 261 junction. At the Kane Gulch ranger station you will be able to use restrooms, overnight park your vehicle, pick up permits, and purchase are...
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  • Monticello, Utah

    Explore the Newspaper Rock Ancient Petroglyphs

    4.7
    After leaving Moab, turn off Highway 191 on to 211. The drive will wind over the mesa tops and down into red rock canyon country. Enjoy the changing seasons whether the red cliffs are covered in snow or spring desert flowers are blooming.Watch for cattle as this is open range country. Also watch ...
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  • Monticello, Utah

    Backpack Salt Creek

    33 mi / 1000 ft gain
    The Needles District of Canyonlands receives 6 times as many backpackers as its more popular neighbor across the Colorado River, Island in the Sky. The Needles has an excellent trail network that is incredibly diverse, featuring amazing rock features as well as grassy meadows and savannahs.  Whil...
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  • Bluff, Utah

    Raft the Upper San Juan

    The "Upper" San Juan is about 27 miles of river, and can be completed in a 2-4 day float. It is a permitted river, and trips launching between April 15 - July 15 obtain permits through a lottery draw negotiated on https://www.recreation.gov/. Applications for this lottery are accepted through the...
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  • Lake Powell, Utah

    Hike to Horse Collar Ruin at Natural Bridges National Monument

    5.0
    3.2 mi / 500 ft gain
    Natural Bridges National Monument is one of Utah's many geologic wonders. While this monument is primarily known for its bridges, it also has an impressive collection of cliff dwellings known as Horse Collar Ruin. The dwellings have passed the test of time after being abandoned by native people m...
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  • Montezuma Creek, Utah

    Hike the Ruins of Hovenweep National Monument

    4.7
    2 mi / 80 ft gain
    Hovenweep National Monument consists of 5 separate units which were once Ancestral Puebloan communities. The main trail, Little Ruin Canyon, starts from the Visitor Center and is the only unit that has paved access. Don't let the dirt-clay roads keep you from the other units though, they are not ...
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  • Monticello, Utah

    Climbing in Indian Creek

    Come November most climbers are missing rock season. It's too cold. There's snow on the ground. There are lots of reasons why you can't climb in my native state, Montana, come November. So when some friends want to head to Moab to go climb in the colder months, I'm in.Indian Creek is a extremely ...
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  • Mexican Hat, Utah

    Camp in the Valley of the Gods

    5.0
    The dirt road loop is relatively smooth and can be driven on by just about any car, campervan, or RV. However, check the weather beforehand because some areas can become flooded after rain and will be a difficult mud crossing. It can be driven in either direction. One entrance is off Highway 163,...
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  • Monticello, Utah

    Rock Climbing in Indian Creek

    5.0
    Just outside the Needles District of Canyonlands National Park and 40 miles south of Moab lies one of the greatest crack climbing destinations in the world. Indian Creek is home to world famous routes such as "Supercrack of the Desert" 5.10 "Way Rambo" 5.12- and "Incredible Hand Crack" 5.10c.This...
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  • Mexican Hat, Utah

    Hike the Honaker Trail

    3.5
    5 mi / 1010 ft gain
    In the days of Utah's Wild West gold rush (circa 1890s), a man named Henry Honaker decided to build a supply route from the San Juan River to the cliffs tops, roughly 1200 feet, above. The roughly hewn trail that Henry built; aptly named the ‘Honaker Trail’ was to act as a supply route for the go...
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  • Mexican Hat, Utah

    Raft the Lower San Juan River

    The put-in for the lower segment of the San Juan river is in the center of Mexican Hat. This is a permitted section of river run by a lottery, and you work to secure a permit through https://www.recreation.gov/permits/250986 Briefly after take off, the canyon walls begin to climb taller above the...
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  • Mexican Hat, Utah

    Camp at Muley Point

    5.0
    0.25 mi
    Muley Point on the southern end of the Cedar Mesa is one of the finest camping (and car camping) sites in North America, towering some 2400' above the San Juan River Canyon (and The Goosenecks State Park) looking south directly into the northern mouth of Monument Valley. It is a breathtakingly be...
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  • San Juan County, Utah

    Camp at Goosenecks State Park

    4.3
    Located near the southern border of the state, Goosenecks State Park is a small slice of Grand Canyon views in Utah. The park overlooks the meanders of the San Juan River, and canyons that have eroded over the millennia. This park is great for anyone hoping to learn about geology, get far away fr...
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  • San Juan County, Utah

    Goosenecks Viewpoint Trail

    1.86 mi / 66 ft gain
    For a small entrance fee of $5, you have the chance to photograph a beautiful canyon view without having to hike miles and days to get to it. Enjoy this rare luxury! There is a pavilion with a picnic table for dinner while you wait for the sunset, and there are also bathrooms if you need them. ...
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  • Moab, Utah

    Hike the Cave Spring Loop in the Needles District

    4.0
    0.6 mi / 35 ft gain
    The Cave Spring Trail within Canyonlands National Park takes visitors past some well preserved pictographs and a cowboy camp complete with many original artifacts, all located in bluff "caves" below the overhanging cliffs of a low mesa.  The path later climbs to the top via a pair of wooden ladde...
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Camping and Lodging in Blanding

Devils Canyon
Monticello, Utah

Devils Canyon

Nizhoni
Blanding, Utah

Nizhoni

Buckboard
Monticello, Utah

Buckboard

Sand Island Group Sites
Bluff, Utah

Sand Island Group Sites

Canyonlands National Park Needles District Campground
Moab, Utah

Canyonlands National Park Needles District Campground

Creek Pasture Group Site
Moab, Utah

Creek Pasture Group Site

Guides, Insights and Stories from Blanding

Messengers: A 250-mile Bears Ears and Grand Staircase Running Story

Messengers: A 250-mile Bears Ears and Grand Staircase Running Story

Greg Balkin

The Future of Bears Ears

The Future of Bears Ears

Michael Graw

Trump Dramatically Reduces Bears Ears and Grand Staircase-Escalante National Monuments

Trump Dramatically Reduces Bears Ears and Grand Staircase-Escalante National Monuments

The Outbound Collective

Making the Most of a Failed Attempt to Explore Bears Ears National Monument

Making the Most of a Failed Attempt to Explore Bears Ears National Monument

Leo Xu

7 Reasons to Escape to Lake Powell This Fall

7 Reasons to Escape to Lake Powell This Fall

The Outbound Collective

6 Adventures to Inspire a Summer Trip to Lake Powell

6 Adventures to Inspire a Summer Trip to Lake Powell

The Outbound Collective