- The list below includes 9 free or cheap things to do in or near Monticello, Utah, including 19 different types of inexpensive activities like Hiking Trails, Scenic Drives, Off Road & ATV and Art Gallery.
- From Chesler Park Loop Trail to Newspaper Rock Recreation Site, there are a variety of budget-friendly attractions in Monticello and in nearby cities within 25 miles like Blanding.
The only trail within Chesler Park is the Chesler Park Loop Trail that creates a circular path through the region and is roughly eleven miles for a round-trip. Just three miles into the trail is a saddle overlooking the park which shows the shrubs surrounded by the sandstone formations.
Newspaper Rock Recreation Site contains petroglyph site located along Indian Creek with some of it being up to 2,000 years old. It is believed the original inhabitants drew these pictures to communicate with each other, and they have been added to over time.
The Ridgeway Art Gallery primarily features the work of local artist Kelly Pugh. The gallery showcases his works which range from full-color landscape prints to black and white pencil sketches and colorized photos.
Blanding Visitor's Center has multiple facilities to offer ranging from a well-maintained museum of local history, a sitting room furnished with TV and magazines as well as knowledgable staff offering useful information about the area.
Edge of the Cedars State Park Museum is a historical museum featuring a large collection of Ancestral Puebloan (Anasazi) pottery. The museum also maintains a short interpretive trail and hosts several educational programs, such as archaeology and art exhibitions.
Located near Highway 163, Goosenecks State Park is a popular scenic attraction offering panoramic views of the meadering San Juan River. Campsites are available which overlook the beautiful meanders and are equipped with picnic tables, restrooms, a fire ring and a bare tent pad.
Featuring the work of local artisans, Blue Mountain Artisans, LCA is a shop that sells photography prints, jewelry, and pottery. The shop hosts events like art workshops where visitors can learn skills like wire jewelry making.
The Dinosaur Museum houses a variety of displays ranging from dinosaur eggs, skeletons, footprints, fossils as well as dinosaur sculptures and graphics. Apart from the exhibits, there are also movie posters, models and comics on display as a part of the museum director's personal collection.
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Highway 95, 14 miles south of Blanding, Blanding, UT MoreLess Info
Built and inhabited by the Anasazi people around 1200 AD, the Butler Wash Archeological Ruin was rediscovered in the 19th century and has been preserved ever since. The ruin includes habitation areas, storage areas, and areas of religious significance.
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San Juan County Road 263 (Arch Canyon Road), Blanding, UT MoreLess Info
Mule Canyon Ruins are a set of restored and preserved ruins dating back to the time of the Anasazi civilization. Apart from the easily spotted roadside ruins, there are other lesser-known sites which can be reached through a hike up the canyon.