Utah Navajo Fair is October 26 – 29th in Bluff

The 28th Annual Utah Navajo Fair will be held this weekend (October 26th -29th) in Bluff.  This year’s theme is “Honoring our Elders”. Back by popular request is the parade down the Main Street (Highway 191) of Bluff on Saturday morning.  Be sure to…

13th Annual Bluff Arts Festival features student mural, live music, & more!

The 13th Annual Bluff Arts Festival recently announced their schedule – and we couldn’t be more excited! This annual festival brings together Four Corners Artists, locals, and visitors for a three-day weekend of workshops, an Artist Market, performances, and storytelling, to name a few…

Exploring Bears Ears: How to Visit with Respect

Guest blog by Erica Tucker, Friends of Cedar Mesa Welcome to this quiet orange corner of Utah! Whether you are just passing through Bluff and enjoying the vistas, or you have days or weeks to spend exploring the canyons, mesas, and river, we hope…

Utah Navajo Fair and Rodeo Postponed to October 2017

The Utah Navajo Fair and Rodeo has been postponed.  There WILL NOT be a fair, rodeo or pow wow in Bluff during September. The event was originally scheduled for September 15 – 17, 2017.  The fair has tentatively been rescheduled for October 27 -…

Utah Symphony Comes to Bluff

Thursday, August 31, 2017 | 8 p.m. | Bluff, UT Don’t miss this once-in a life experience to see the Utah Symphony with the backdrop of Bluff’s gorgeous sandstone cliffs and its pristine dark skies. This free outdoor concert will feature the full Utah…

Bluff Community Center Fundraiser

You’re invited to attend the Bluff Community Center Fundraiser! May 20, 2017 from 5 – 8 pm at the Bluff Community Center Community members are organizing a fundraiser to purchase theatrical quality curtain for future “The Players Bluff” events, picture molding for art events,…

First Annual Bluff Founders Day & Frybread Festival

Community Celebration of Native and Pioneer Heritage Saturday, April 8, 2017 | Free and open to the public Schedule Events Bluff Street Parade From the Community Center to Twin Rocks Café | 10 am – noon Floats welcome!   Bluff Fort Heritage Activities Bluff Fort…

Glow In lights up night sky at Bluff Balloon Festival

Spectacular night time Glow In at the 19th Annual Bluff International Balloon Festival Saturday, January 14, 2017 | Pilots, community members and visitors gathered to see Bluff’s night sky lit up by hot air balloons for the annual Glow In. This event is a…

A Bluff Tradition: Winter Solstice Burn

Blue Herons Burn on Bluff Winter Solstice This past Wednesday, December 21st, 2016 Bluff welcomed friends from across the Four Corners for the ritual burning of two giant blue heron sculptures – one as tall as 35 feet. The herons were constructed over the…

Bluff Artist Anthony Lott to be Community Artist in the Parks

Bluff resident and artist Anthony Lott was selected as the 2017 Community Artist in the Parks for the National Park Service. This program will give Lott the opportunity to teach, demonstrate and share his fantastic creative ability with visitors to Arches National Park, Canyonlands…

Bluff EMT receives Utah Distinguished Service Award

Kathy Carson receives 2016 Distinguished Service Award for emergency medical services work After 40 years of volunteer service to bring emergency medical services to Bluff, Kathy Meck Carson has received the 2016 Distinguished Service Award from the Utah Emergency Medical Services Award Committee. Kathy…

Hovenweep: December’s National Park Getaway

The Ancient Towers of Hovenweep National Monument December’s National Park Getaway destination 6 ancient villages in one spectacular National Monument: This December, the National Park Service is highlighting Hovenweep National Monument as the National Park Getaway! And what perfect timing, with cooler temps, quiet…

Bluff International Balloon Festival: 19 years of history

Nineteen years and running – well, flying – makes for a pretty special Bluff International Balloon Festival. And it’s not just the fun balloon names like Breezy Rider, Basketcase, and Levity. So what makes this long-standing Bluff tradition stick? Each year, 25 or so…

Trail of the Artists at the Bluff Arts Festival

The Trail of the Artists Friday & Saturday 1 – 5 pm Bluff Arts Festival – October 14-16, 2016 The Trail of the Artists is a popular event at the annual Bluff Arts Festival. This year, the Trail of the Artists is featuring many…

Announcing the 19th Annual Bluff International Balloon Festival

19th Annual Bluff International Balloon Festival January 13-15, 2017 Make your plans to be in Bluff January 13-15, 2017 for our annual spectacular balloon fest. Schedule and sponsor details coming soon! For a recap and video of the 2016 Balloon Festival, click here. 

Free Grant Writing Workshop Sept. 27

Grant-Writing Basics: a Free Hands-on Workshop September 27, 2016 2 -4 PM, Bluff Community Center Join grants managers Laurel Cannon Alder, Utah Division of Arts & Museums and Jodi Graham, Utah Humanities for a free, hands-on workshop. Learn best practices and tools for getting…

Utah Navajo Fair Sept. 14-18

The Utah Navajo Fair Returns to Bluff! September 14 – 18, 2016 See below for a full schedule but here are few of the weekend highlights: Thursday 10 am Health Fair and free carnival day for kids! Friday 1 pm Gourd Dance Saturday 9…

Centennial Jazz Band Sept. 19 at Bluff Fort

Come for the live jazz – and support the National Park Service! September 19, 2016 at 6:30 PM – Bluff Fort Co-op Building In celebration of the 100th birthday of the National Park Service, the Bluff Fort is hosting a jazz performance by the National…

Riding Like a Pro: 3 Safety Tips

Guest written by Utah Injury Lawyers at Christensen & Hymas As avid cyclists, Bluff is among our favorite areas. Its highways stretch on for miles across open desert, big skies, and red rock. The area offers great climbs and long rides to destinations like…

Happy 100th Birthday, National Park Service!

August 25th marks the Centennial of the Park Service, and since National Parks are known as America’s Great Invention, that’s certainly reason to celebrate 100 years! When it comes to Utah, we know how to do National Parks in style. Utah’s first national park was Zion National Park, created in 1919. But…

Monument Valley: Towers of Navajo Culture and Icons of Hollywood

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Monument Valley: famous for its towering desert red buttes that have been celebrated on the screen since 1939. It is a desert valley unlike any other, with some of its towers rising as high as 1000 feet from the valley floor. Because of its…

Secretary Jewell to discuss protection of Bears Ears at public meeting

Secretary of the Interior Sally Jewell and Under Secretary of the U.S. Department of Agriculture Robert Bonnie are coming to Bluff on Saturday, July 16th for a public listening session on different proposals to protect public lands in the area. Secretary Jewell and Under…

Wildflowers of Southeast Utah

With a wet winter and spring, Southeast Utah is in a for a lush, vibrant wildflower season. Here are a few local varieties to look for when exploring Bluff’s backyard. Indian Paintbrush Indian Paintbrush is the harbinger of spring, one of the first wildflowers…

Bluff: your stargazing hub for 2016 Dark Sky Week

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Did you know that Bluff, Utah is within an hour’s drive of two Dark Sky Parks?  April 4th – 10th, 2016 is Dark Sky Week and a great time to plan a trip to a designated Dark Sky Park near Bluff for a stargazing…

Road to the Mighty: All-American Road Trips in Southern Utah

If “epic family road trip” is what you have in mind for your next trip to Utah, look no further. VisitUtah.com has launched The Road to the Mighty as a follow up to “The Mighty 5” campaign to share some of Utah’s hidden treasures. The Road…

The best time to float the San Juan

River rafting on the San Juan River with Wild Rivers Expeditions

The San Juan River is a favorite trip for families, archaeology buffs, photographers and hikers because of its gentle nature and all of the side trips it offers. You’re guaranteed a few fun splashes but the San Juan is considered mild by whitewater standards. This scenic winds westward through…

8 Great Road Trips Ideas from Bluff

Here in our little corner of southeast Utah, we seem to be central to everything! From the scenic views of Monument Valley, the dizzying bends of Goosenecks State Park to the majestic bridges of Natural Bridges National Monument, Bluff boasts an expansive backyard.  If you’re…

Celebrate Cedar Mesa Weekend March 4 – 6

Local conservation group Friends of Cedar Mesa is hosting its annual Celebrate Cedar Mesa event, a full weekend of lively presentations, local films, workshops, hikes and service projects helping protect the beauty and archaeology of this spectacular landscape. The three-day weekend held March 4…

The 18th Annual Bluff International Balloon Festival!

The 18th Annual Bluff International Balloon Festival was held January 15-17th, 2016. Despite some weather holdups, we had a beautiful Saturday night Glow-In and spectacular flights Sunday morning over the Bluff skies of Bluff.

Bluff Arts Festival: Trail of the Artists

Here is all you need to navigate the 2015 Bluff Arts Festival Trail of the Artists Friday Oct. 16 – Saturday, Oct. 17. The map below will help you decide at which gallery to begin your tour. Additional Details For more details on the…

New Monument to be Dedicated in Bluff on October 10th

A new monument at the Bluff Fort honors the San Juan pioneers who came to Bluff after the original Hole in the Rock company.  The monument will be dedicated on October 10th by Steven Snow, LDS Church Historian and Record, and Executive Director of…

Bluff’s Buick: A History of the Iconic Car at Cow Canyon Trading Post

It’s one of the iconic images of the ultimate Southwest road trip; the 1949 Buick Super parked in front of Cow Canyon Trading Post in Bluff, Utah.  American Road magazine recently featured the Buick on the cover of an edition dedicated to the land…

Bluff International Balloon Festival: Call for Sponsors

Would you like to ride in a balloon during the Bluff International Balloon Festival? Rides are only available for those who sponsor a balloon. For January 15-17 2016, the festival will feature 28 balloons and 28 sponsors. Balloon Sponsorships are $300. If you are…

Wild & Scenic Film Festival Sept. 19th

  Local conservation group Friends of Cedar Mesa is hosting their first annual Wild & Scenic Film Festival this Saturday, September 19th at the Bluff Community Center. Friends of Cedar Mesa is bringing a personalized lineup of 8 Wild & Scenic films for outdoor enthusiasts…

Workshops announced for Bluff Arts Festival Oct. 16-18

It’s time to sign up for workshops at the annual Bluff Arts Festival. This year’s festival features an incredible lineup of workshop choices so what will it be?  Willow weaving? Plein Air Painting? Cooking Native Foods? You decide! Online registration is available here. Click here…

2015 Celebrate Cedar Mesa Weekend, March 6 – 8th in Bluff

  Celebrate Cedar Mesa is the annual gathering of people who care about the Cedar Mesa area.   Friends of Cedar Mesa have announced a full weekend of activities designed to intrigue anyone who loves the natural and cultural wonders in Bluff’s backyard.  Visit www.friendsofcedarmesa.org/celebrate for…

New Co-op Building Now Open at the Bluff Fort

The new Co-op/Visitors Center Building is now officially open at the Bluff Fort. This replica of the original Bluff Fort Co-op will tell the incredible story of the pioneers who answered a mission call to colonize southeastern Utah.  In their arduous journey to the…