Blanding, Utah: Base Camp to Adventure!


Photograph courtesy of the Utah Travel Council
Utah Travel Council

Walter and Albert Lyman & Company founded Blanding (then called Grayson) in 1905 on a high mesa beneath Blue Mountain.The white primrose grew in abundance among the sage and cedar, so they called this area, near the heart of the Colorado Plateau, White Mesa. It was a rugged land, the last frontier of the old west, unmatched in its variety of plants, wildlife and geologic wonders.

For more information on Blanding's history, see the Blue Mountain Shadows website.

 

Blanding Chamber of Commerce
P.O. Box 792
435-678-2791

College of Eastern Utah-San Juan Campus
639 West 100 South
435-678-2201

San Juan School District
200 North Main Street
435-678-1200

Utah Workforce Services
522 North 100 East


2004 Blanding Area Calendar of Events

April
10
  Ute Flute Making and Playing
Edge of the Cedars Museum. 1-3pm
15
  Edge of the Cedars Exhibit
"On Either Side of the Blues: The Earthwatch-BLM Utah's Canyons Rock Art Project 1993-2001" Located in the First Floor Exhibit Hall. Reception on April 11 at 6pm. The exhibit will be open until September 13.
10
  Sally Cole Lecture
Sally Cole, Director of the Earthwatch Grand Gulch Rock Art Research Project, will present a lecture and slide show at Edge of the Cedars Museum following a reception. Free admission. 7pm.
17
  Blanding's Deep History
Archaeologist Winston Hurst and Nancy Kimmerle of Trail fo the Ancients Archaeological Society will present "Blanding's Deep History: Excavations at the Jensen Site and the Edge of the Cedars Community in the 700s AD." Lecture Series co-sponsored by the Utah Site Stewards Program. 6:30pm Edge of the Cedars Museum Auditorium. Free admission.
  College of Eastern Utah-SJC Art Exhibit
 

Jeep Safari Dinner and Concert in La Sal
Mt. Peale Resort/Country Inn. Call 435-686-2284

30-May 2
Arch Canyon Jeep Jamboree, Blanding
Arch Canyon west of Blanding is a spectacular location for this contest of driving skills and competitive adventure. Entrants meet in Blanding on the morning the competition begins and go on to adventures unparalleled anywhere in the country. Limited to JEEP/Chrysler 4 2heel drive vehicles. Registration fee. Call 530-333-4777, fax 530-333-2844 for more details.

May
2-8
  Utah Prehistory Week
A variety of programs with entertaining folks will teach you a great deal more than you may presently know about archaeology and the lives of the ancient former inhabitants of our area. Call 435-678-2238 for more details.
2
  Volunteer Clean up of Westwater Ruin
Edge of the Cedars Museum. From 10am to 2pm.
3-6
  Atlatl Making Workshop
With Jim Ray of the World Atlatl Association. $60 Fee includes materials. Edge of the Cedars Museum. From 10am to 3pm. (Pre-registration required.)
6-8
  World Atlatl Competition
Edge of the Cedars Museum 9am to 12pm daily. Reservations required for school groups.
27-28
  High Desert Racing Club Points Race, Monticello
Will be located at the Bull Hollow Raceway in Monticello. Call 435-587-2332 or 1-866-587-1005 for information. The raceway is located 3 1/2 miles south of Monticello on Highway 191.
 

Bluff Head Start Days
Parade, concessions, dances, contests. A special day for Navajo children. Call 435-672-2237 for information.

 

Blue Mountain Open Horseshoe Tournament, Monticello
Some great competition for the horseshoe pitching enthusiast at the Lions Club Horse Shoe Park in Monticello. May is a lovely month to enjoy this sport. Contact Shirley Steffen at 435-587-2533 for details.


June
19
  Utah Site Stewards Program Lecture-Scott Ortman
At Edge of the Cedars Museum Scott Ortman presnts :Metaphor and Language in a Tanoan homeland; aka the Northern San Juan." 6pm in the Auditorium. Free admission.
20-21
  Summer Solstice Observation
At the Edge of the Cedars Museum at the Solar Sculpture. Noon and sundown.
 

Hideout Golf Club 2 Man Shootout, Monticello
Call 435-587-2200 for information.

 

Freestyle Performance, Monticello
Bull Hollow Raceway USRA Race. Call 435-587-2332 or 1-866-587-1005 for information.


July
3
  July 4th Celebration
Celebrate the 4th with a bang in Blanding. Enjoy the parade, games, contests, and food vendors throughout the day. End with a fireworks display at dusk. Always fun--always something new to excite the crowd. Call 435-678-2791 for information.
2-3; 5-6
  Edge of the Seaters Theater Company Melodrama
Kick off your shoes and enjoy an old-fashioned melodrama in EOTS outdoor theater, located in the Arts and Events Center of Blanding. Cheer the hero, sigh for the heroine, and boo the villain. Don't forget the popcorn.
10
  Utah Site Stewards Program Lecture-Michael Robbins
Michael Robbins from Northern Arizona University will talk about stone tools and demonstrate the art of stone tool making at Edge of the Cedars Museum. Co-sponsored by the Utah Site Stewards Program. 1-4pm in the Auditorium. Free admission.
10
  Blue Mountain Bike Chase, Monticello
Find out how tough you really are in the Annual Bike Race on the scenic Abajo Mountain. The grueling course gives you a whole new appreciation for "mountain biking." Call Eddie Allred at 435-587-2029 for details.
15
  Sand Island: Time Etched in Stone
Edge of the Cedars Museum exhibit in the auditorium. Exhibit open through September 15, 2004.
23-24
 

USRA Points Race
Bull Hollow Raceway. Call 435-587-2332 or 1-866-587-1005 for information.

24
  Pioneer Day Parade and Celebration, Monticello
Beginning with a parade in the morning and going on all through the day, enjoy festivities, food, and fun, culminating with a fireworks display in the evening. Come help celebrate the statehood of Utah. Call 435-587-2271 for information.
 

Fishing Trips, La Sal
Private lake/catch and release. Bank/Boat/Lunch. Mt. Peale Resort/Country Inn. Call 435-686-2284

 

Hike to Mt. Peale, La Sal
Guided/lunch. Mt. Peale Resort/Country Inn. Call 435-686-2284

 

Blue Mountain Invitational-Fast Pitch Softball, Monticello
Call Eddie Allred at 435-587-2029 for information.

 

Southern Utah Horseshoe Pitcher's Association: Blue Mt. Open, Monticello


August
8
  High Desert Racing Club Points Race
Will be located at the Bull Hollow Raceway in Monticello. Call 435-587-2332 or 1-866-587-1005 for information. The raceway is located 3 1/2 miles south of Monticello on Highway 191.
11-15
  Pecos Conference, Bluff
Co-sponsored by the Edge of the Cedars Museum. For information, go to www.swanet.org, or call the museum.
17-21
  San Juan County Fair & Rodeo, Monticello
Held on the east edge of Monticello city limts, the County Fairgrounds hosts lots of variety and fun during the County Fair. Especially noted are the displays of handiwork by local citizenry in crafts, food preservation, needlework, produce, floral displays, and knowledge and skills carried on over generations. Animals of all sizes and descriptions will be on show and the rodeo will be on the 20-21. Culminates the fun and excitement of a real down-to-earth old time county fair. Call 435-587-3240 for more information.
21
  Hillman Triathlon
The hardy can test their stamina! Swim, bike and run near Recapture Reservoir north of Blanding. Individual contestants and teams in various categories. Sanctioned by USA Triathlon. Swim - 3/4 mile; Bike - 15 miles; Run - 3.2 miles. Bike course is on US Highway 191 up Recapture Hill and back. All other competition is at Recapture Reservoir. There will also be a kid's competition the evening before the race at the Blanding Swimming Pool. Call 435-686-2284 for information.
 

San Juan County Open Horseshoe Tournament, Monticello
The Lions Club Horseshoe Park hosts its second contest of the year in August when things, including the weather, heat up a bit. Popular, fun and very competitive, participants and spectators alike have a great time at this event. Call Shirley Steffen at 435-587-2533 for details.

 

La Sal Mountain Summer Festival, La Sal
Simply lovely, the towering peaks of the La Sal Mountain hosts this exciting event.


September
3-6
  White Mesa Ute Council Bear Dance, White Mesa
Native American traditional dance and celebration. Call 435-678-3397 for information.
11-12
  High Desert Racing Club Points Race, Monticello
Bull Hollow Raceway brings you all the fun, thrills, and excitement of the professional racing competition, both USRA and Motocross. Located 3 1/2 miles south of Monticello on highway 191, the setting is rugged and unique and the atmosphere is that of rural-folks friendliness and welcome. Call 435-587-2332 or 866-587-1005 (toll free) for informationa dn updates on events.
20-21
  Autumnal Equinox Observation
Edge of the Cedars Museum at the Solar Sculpture at noon and sundown. (Self-guided)
23-25
  San Juan Safari
ATV Trail rides. For more information, go to www.sanjuansafari.com.
30
  Artwork of Rita Keifer exhbit opens
Located at Edge of the Cedars Museum in the Auditorium. Exhibit runs through January 15, 2004.
 

Native American Fair and Rodeo, Bluff
Enjoy the colorful pageantry, excitement and traditions of the Native American Navajo (Dine') people amid the colorful and towering red rocks and bluffs surrounding this unique community. Experience a rodeo as only the Navajo can do them.

 

Fall Dinner and Concert, La Sal
Mt. Peale Resort/Country Inn. Call 435-686-2284

 

Sand Island Bluegrass Festival. Bluff


October
9-10
  Bluff Country Arts Fair, Bluff
Saturday Oct 9 from 9:00 a.m. to sundown, and for Sunday Oct 10 from 10:00 a.m. to 5:00 p.m. The Fair will take place at the Bluff Community Center. Vendors interested in displaying, demonstrating, and selling their artwork or food items should call Teri or Kyle at 425-672-2424 and request an application. Contact: Teri Paul 435-672-2424 email: .
14
  Folkart and Basketry Exhibit
Located at Edge of the Cedars Museum in the First Floor Exhibit Hall. Exhibit runs through March 1, 2005.
23
 

Annual Rifle Deer Hunt Opens

 

Fandango!, Bluff
A gathering of writers and storytellers in six languages.

 

Halloween Dinner and Concert, La Sal
Mt. Peale Resort/Country Inn. Call 435-686-2284


November
 

Big Striper Fishing Derby, Halls Crossing

 

San Juan County Holiday Harvest and Bazaar, Monticello

 

Christmas Parade of Lights, Monticello
Held on Monticello Main Street to usher in the Christmas season, and followed with fireworks in the park. This has become a lovely and beloved event.

 

Lake Powell Parade of Lights, Bullfrog
Decorated boats, Santa Claus, Chili Cookoff. Proceeds donated to charity. Halls Crossing 435-684-3050


December
3-4
  Tree for All Celebration
Decorate a tree and enter it in Blanding's traditional bazaar. Contest prizes are given for best trees, then they are donated to needy families so everyone wins. Call 435-678-2791 for information.
 

Christmas Parade of Lights, Monticello
Held on Monticello Main Street to usher in the Christmas season, and followed with fireworks in the park. This has become a lovely and beloved event.

11
  Tales of Navajo Childhood
Story teller Lucille Hunt entrances the young and old with the lovely weaving of childhood as a Native American. Starts at 1:00pm and ends around 3:00pm. Call the Edge of the Cedars Museum at 435-678-2238 for details. Free admission.
18
  View the Skies Through Navajo Eyes
Returning by popular demand to Edge of the Cedars Museum, Dr. Nancy Maryboy and Dr. David Begay of the Indigenous Education Institute in Bluff, Utah present Navajo Astronomy: and afternoon of stories, science, and traditional knowledge of the stars. The star lab will be set up in the auditorium to view the constellations as they are known by the Navajo, the Ancient Greeks, and the Egyptians. 1pm to 3pm. Free admission.
 

Handel's Messiah
This lovely pageant featuring home town talent always gives a performance that leaves the audience enthralled for a very long time. Call 435-587-2743 for information.

 

Christmas Dinner and Concert, La Sal
Mt. Peale Resort/Country Inn. Call 435-686-2284

31-Jan 1
  New Years Eve Celebration, La Sal
What a great way to bring in the New Year at Mount Peale Resort and Inn's annual New Year's Eve celebration. Fun, party favors, and buffet are all included in a surprisingly reasonable fee. Call for reservations or pay at the door. 435-686-2284.

 

 

 

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