- TripBuzz found 11 things to do with kids in or near Blanding, Utah, including 4 fun activities for kids in nearby cities within 25 miles like Bluff and Monticello.
- From Goosenecks State Park to Hovenweep National Monument, the Blanding area offers 16 different types of family activities, including: Ancient Ruins, Monuments, Specialty Museums and National & State Parks.
- Home of the famous arched rock formations, Blanding is a sought-out tourist destination for nature lovers and hikers. The city is the most populated city within San Juan County with just over 3,000 residents. The city is a gateway to archaeological resources and visitors enjoy the rich history of its findings at the local Dinosaur Museum.
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.
Hovenweep National Monument contains six prehistoric villages built about a 1,000 years ago. The Square Tower Group is the largest and one of the oldest of these villages, and contains a large tower and up to 30 Puebloan ceremonial structures.
Natural Bridges National Monument contains three natural bridges: Sipapu, Kachina, Osachno. Visitors can see the bridges by combining driving with short hikes on a 8.6 mile round trip, as well as camp near the natural bridges, and attend interpretive programs.
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.
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.
Utah State Route 95 offers a scenic drive with views of multiple geological formations surrounding the road. A major attraction here is the House on Fire which is famous for its unique color and rock pattern.
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.
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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.
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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.
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.