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Historic Village of Bluff, Utah

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One of the quaint lodging properties in Bluff. –

Situated in the center of the Four Corners region, Bluff offers the visitor a desert hideaway and shopping in trading posts and galleries for contemporary fine art and excellent examples of Native American craft. Experience the excitement of a river trip on the nearby San Juan River with Wild Rivers Expeditions, enjoy hiking, jeeping, and biking the back country, or visit surrounding ruins and rock art. Restaurants and lodging are available. Home of the Bluff International Balloon Fest, the Utah Navajo Fair, and the Bluff Art Festival.

Bluff is an active center for artists and crafts people as well as others involved in oil exploration, farming, and ranching. Within this area of national parks, prehistoric sites, diverse cultures, wild canyons and river recreation, tourism has become a strong component in the local economy. The village of Bluff offers all the amenities to the visitor in a quaint setting complete with Victorian era homes, good restaurants, and tour operators.


Pre-history is very evident in and around Bluff. Ruins and rock-art left by the Ancestral Puebloan people are to be found throughout the area. A Great House lies adjacent to the community and other archaeological sites are easily reached in nearby canyons and on mesa tops.

Historically, Bluff became an outpost of the Mormon Church when members were called to settle in southeast Utah. It became one of the wealthiest cattle raising communities in the state of Utah at one point but the vagaries of the river and the desert environment created difficulty and the community languished.

Pre-historic residents no doubt lived in the valley because of the proximity of the river and the good growing conditions on the valley floor. Today's residents find Bluff a peaceful and pleasant valley.

Mountain men wandered though the area following the San Juan River and cattlemen grazed cows and calves there, too. Today about 400 people live in the community.

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