DescriptionOriginally a trading center for surrounding stock ranches, Blanding was founded in 1905 following the establishment of an irrigation project that still provides water for hay and grain crops. Several trading posts in town offer Native American arts and crafts.
Some of southeastern Utah's most dramatic canyon country is nearby. Natural Bridges National Monument and Glen Canyon National Recreation Area are west via SR 95.
Beginning just southwest of town is the 100-mile loop known as the Trail of the Ancients, along which can be seen many remnants of the Anasazi Indian culture that flourished A.D. 300-1300. The trail begins at Edge of the Cedars State Park and follows US 191 and US 163 east to Mexican Hat, then north on SR 261 and east again on SR 95. Some sections of SR 261 are unpaved and not recommended for RVs or trailers. A side trip detour on SR 262 off the Trail of the Ancients leads to Hovenweep National Monument.
Visitor InfoBlanding Visitor Center 12 N. Grayson Pkwy. BLANDING, UT 84511. Phone:(435)678-3662
Things to SeeThe Dinosaur Museum