Bears Ears is home to thousands of archaeological and cultural sites that are well over 13,000 years old, Ancestral Puebloans built dwellings, granaries, kivas, towers, villages, and ancient road systems linking them together.
Approximately 75 Miles from Blanding, Utah. Monument Valley provides perhaps the most enduring and definitive images of the American West. The isolated red mesas and buttes surrounded by empty, sandy desert have been filmed and photographed countless times over the years for movies, adverts and holiday brochures. Because of this, the area may seem quite familiar, even on a first visit, but it is soon evident that the natural colors really are as bright and deep as those in all the pictures.
House on Fire Ruins is one of the most visually impressive historical sites in the area. You will hike about 2 miles in Mule Canyon roundtrip through the area where the Anasazi lived! We recommend heading there late morning to really see the illusion of the ruins on fire and get some stunning images.
Hanksville, approximately 120 Miles from Blanding, Utah. Lake Powell is a man-made reservoir on the Colorado River, straddling the border between Utah and Arizona. It was created by the flooding of Glen Canyon from the controversial Glen Canyon Dam, which also led to the creation of Glen Canyon National Recreation Area, a popular summer recreation destination. Longer than the entire west coast of the U.S.A., Lake Powell covers an impressive amount of territory across the American West.
Arch Canyon is a breathtaking motorized ride, which starts approximately 20 minutes from Blanding, and ends in the most serene and beautiful 3-Arch canyon you may ever see in your lifetime. Using the old Highway 150, which formerly took residents from San Juan County to Lake Powell, this ride is a basic ride for 4-wheel drive vehicles. To book a personalized guided tour go to Sunrise Outfitting Scenic Adventures,
Lewis Canyon - Milk Ranch Point overlooks the vast Lewis Canyon Area in San Juan County. If you want to feel complete isolation in a busy world, this would be the place to spend some time. With day hiking, cultural resource viewing and horseback riding, this is a hidden gem in San Juan County. The entire area is located within the Shash Jaa Unit of the Bears Ears National Monument and is accessed using the South Elks Road on the Northern Boundary.
Approximately 45 Miles from Blanding, Utah. Hovenweep National Monument is land of beauty and culture, of sweeping desert horizon dotted with the remains of ancestral Puebloan villages. The towers of Hovenweep are a true testament to the skill and dedication of the stone masons who built them. Once home to over 2,500 people, Hovenweep includes six prehistoric villages built between A.D. 1200 and 1300.
Approximately 45 Miles from Blanding, Utah. Utah's First National Monument and the World's first "International Dark Sky." Home to some of the darkest skies in the country, three majestic natural bridges invite you to ponder the power of water in a landscape usually defined by its absence. View them from an overlook, or hit the trails and experience their grandeur from below.
Approximately 70 Miles from Blanding, Utah. The Four Corners Monument, also known as Four Corners Tribal Park, is the only unique landmark in the United States where four states intersect at one point. Utah, Arizona, New Mexico, and Colorado meet at a granite and brass monument. The draw to this one-of-a-kind monument is that you can stand in one spot and have one hand in Colorado, the other in Utah, and a foot in New Mexico and Arizona! A must stop photo spot for visitors to southeast Utah!