Many people find this kind of cheesy. Perhaps because I live in one of the four states I have always been interested in the only spot in the nation where four states join together. My parents took me when I was young. I took my kids. No it isn't much, yes it is a long drive there, yes the First Americans have taken advantage and it is kind of like...more
The area is saturated in Anasazi ruins. I have been lucky enough to see a couple. They are an amazing discovery, even if you will never be the first one to see them. An active and vibrant culture thrived here for hundreds of years, cultivating maize, squash and beans. In about 1300 they left. Drought? Pressure from immigrants? No one knows for sure...more
This river is the lifeblood of the area. I've been able to take a couple trips down it and loved it. A day trip is offered from Bluff to Mexican Hat and it is worth the trip. It is not quite as nice as one that allows you to stay on the river overnight and get the water in your shoes and eat on the shore in the morning.Some things you need to see...more
On the hill above the town are the cemetery and the ancient Bluff pueblo. The dry flowers and old headstones tell the hardship the land exacted. It is worth going up just for the view.The Pueblo has been given a partial excavation and is protected and covered at the moment. I always wonder about the people who built these. What were their motives,...more
In 1880 the Mormon settlers built a fort, to provide protection from the elements and the natives. The 236 pioneers needed all the help they could get. It was as difficult a place to begin a new settlement as there was. Many of the original pioneers left. But others took their place and the town held on. One of the original log homes survives to...more
Stop at the Recapture Inn, where they have weekly speakers about the local hiking, adventure and exploration tips....if you can book ahead, do it, as they are often very full. But even if so, stop in there and take a look around their front room, as they have a huge amount of information, including local BLM maps that will help you find the 'hidden...more
This place is the only one open all year. It is the only one that offers all three meals. It specializes in local tradition with a twist. So you can have a regular Navajo Taco, or you can have that as a breakfast sandwich. We enjoyed our food, though the service was a little slow. Just sit back and enjoy the time with whoever you are with.more
One of best "we do it all" restaurants I've been to. Open for breakfast right thru dinner. We had a few breakfasts here and one dinner. The food was very good, portions more than ample. More of a diner atmosphere than a fancy restaurant but who cares if the food is good.See the website below for a picture. Pretty cool location! Western Omelet for...more
This is a wonderful store to browse. There are so many things to look at, from baskets to pottery to rugs to jewelry to toffee. The quality of the native work is outstanding. These are true artists.
If you are looking to buy then you really do need to plan a stop. All the best current artisans are represented.
Don't confuse the gift shop at the Cafe for the Trading Post. They are separate buildings.
Bluff has a couple festivals that are intriguing. I have yet to go to one, but I'd like to.
There is the Hot Air Balloon Festival in January. This features hot air balloons against the red rock cliffs, it should be very scenic
In September is the Utah Navajo Fair
In November it's the Bluff Arts Festival
This three mile section of highway 261 can scare you, but by the time you reach it from either direction the detour is too far away and you might as well just bite the bullet and head down the 1,100 foot cliff down off the Cedar Mesa. Some say it is easier to go north (up) rather than south (down), and I have to admit it did seem less intimidating...more
Just west of Bluff is one end of the 17 mile dirt road that wanders through Valley of the Gods. It is an aptly named desert scene. Deeper red than the formations at nearby Monument Valley, but similar in many ways. They are not so numerous as to overwhelm. Just be careful on the road, it is winding and narrow with many sharp turns and can be...more
Not too far from Bluff is the "Goosenecks of the San Juan" Utah State Park. It is worth driving down the paved road,,,five miles or so off the main highway. You can see the Raplee incline in the background. And glimpses of Monument Valley are in the distance. There is no charge, and usually no people. There are simple facilities and a picnic table...more