About Bluff

Nominated as one of Budget Travel Magazine’s coolest small towns, Bluff is nestled between dramatic sandstone bluffs and the San Juan River on the Trail of the Ancients Scenic Byway in southeastern Utah.  Bluff is an artist’s community featuring quality lodging, shopping, and dining.

We are a proud gateway to the Bears Ears National Monument.  Bluff is a great place to unplug, unpack, and explore the Bears Ears and other surrounding attractions.

The areas surrounding Bluff feature jaw-dropping, scenic vistas such as the Goosenecks State Park, Valley of the Gods, Moki Dugway, Muley Point, Natural Bridges National Monument, and Hovenweep National Monument.

Be sure to plan enough time in Bluff for a rafting trip down the San Juan River As you float through the spectacular canyons the San Juan has carved from ancient sandstone, don’t be surprised if you unwind, feel better and lose that nagging feeling to check email.

You can check out these and other nearby amazing places to explore in our What to Do section. Bluff is home to well-known guides and outfitters that can help you explore these areas.

Few towns have a more colorful past. 

Ancestral Puebloans established the area’s first settlements around 650 A.D. Some of the Southwest’s most impressive prehistoric rock art and ruins lie in or near Bluff.


The Ancestral Puebloans may have chosen this site because of the Twin Rocks formation at the town’s north end, and the twin alcoves visible in the bluffs across the San Juan River. Learn more about Bluff’s prehistoric past by visiting Bluff’s Deep History.

In 1880, Bluff was settled by Mormon pioneers seeking to establish a mission in the Four Corners area. You can experience their epic Hole in the Rock expedition and glimpse early pioneer life at the Bluff Fort. In later, more prosperous years, the pioneers built fine Victorian homes, many of which have been carefully restored in the Bluff Historic District.

The culture of the Navajo people is woven into Bluff’s eclectic style.

Visit Bluff and discover the meaning of the Navajo word, “Hozho”. It is loosely translated as peace, balance, and beauty. To be in hozho is to be at one with and a part of the world around you.

Visit Bluff and you’ll see why it is one of America’s coolest small towns.