San Juan County

San Juan County Facts:

County Website: San Juan County
Area: 7,933 square miles
: 15,449 (2018)
County Seat:
Origin of County Name: after the San Juan River
Cities/Towns: Blanding, Bluff, Monticello
Economy: livestock, agriculture, mining, tourism
Points of Interest: Natural Bridges National Monument, Rainbow Bridge National Monument, Hovenweep National Monument, Lake Powell, Glen Canyon National Recreation Area, Canyonlands National Park, Edge of the Cedars State Park, St. Christopher's Episcopal Mission, Navajo Indian Reservation


About San Juan County:

San Juan County is in the southern part of the Colorado Plateau region of Utah. The county was first home to the early Anasazi Basket Makers in 1300 A.D. and much later the DINE' (Navajo) people who are still living in the area today. When the white man came to the area they made the “Hole in the Rock” trail on the way. As a means of income, the people in the area have tried farming, ranching, mining, and tourism with tourism as the most promising. Lake Powell, on San Juan’s western border, has brought many visitors.

When people see pictures of San Juan County they might think, “I’ve seen this before.” Chances are they have. Places like Monument Valley are famous for their unique vistas and pinnacles of rock that have been filmed several times as parts of movies. Also in the area you can find Four Corners National Monument where a person can stand in four states at once, Rainbow Bridge boasting the largest natural arch in the world, and Canyonlands which provides beautiful canyon vistas without having to drive all the way to the Grand Canyon. The San Juan river has created many tall mesas such as Goosenecks State Park that leave the visitor wondering how many years it took to create it. Dinosaur enthusiasts will want to check out the Dinosaur Museum in Blanding, Utah. A visit to San Juan will not be forgotten.



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