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Bluff Things to Do

  • Four Corners Monument

    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...

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  • Look for ancient ruins

    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...

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  • San Juan River

    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...

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  • Bluff pueblo and cemetery

    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,...

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  • Tour the Bluff Fort

    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...

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  • Get local 'insight'

    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...

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Bluff Restaurants

  • Open all year

    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.

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  • MMMMMM

    This is the best place for breakfast or early lunch. Healthy foods, good coffee and a modern vibe. They also have local art for sale.

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  • This has it all!

    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...

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Bluff Shopping

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    by Segolily Updated Dec 31, 2010

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    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.

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Bluff Local Customs

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    by Segolily Written Dec 31, 2010

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    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

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Bluff Off The Beaten Path

  • Moki Dugway

    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...

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  • Valley of the Gods

    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...

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  • San Juan Goosenecks

    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...

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