2018 Annual Solstice Burn

Artist Joe Pachak stands before his beautiful bears that were burned on the 2017 solstice.

You’re invited! December 21st, 7 pm – Bluff, UT

Please join artist Joe Pachak and the town of Bluff for our annual solstice burn.

Communities and cultures across the world have celebrated Solstice since time immemorial. The town of Bluff has been honoring the longest night of the year for many years now. As has become tradition, local artist Joe Pachak begins building a willow sculpture at the fall Bluff Arts Festival and completes the wooden sculpture with the help of volunteers in advance of Solstice. 

We gather on this cold, dark night to light the coyote sculpture on fire as a community and embrace the coming warmth of longer days. Please join us for this free, public event.

Volunteers help Joe build this year’s coyote sculpture.

Interested in other solstice events in Bluff? Local nonprofit Friends of Cedar Mesa is hosting solstice lectures and craft events on December 21st from 9am – 4pm at the Bears Ears Education Center

Joe’s sculpture captures the movement and grace of the coyote.

Bears Ears Education Center Grand Opening September 22, 2018

Friends of Cedar Mesa is pleased to announce the opening of the Bears Ears Education Center in Bluff, Utah on September 22, 2018.

Come join local conservation nonprofit Friends of Cedar Mesa celebrate with a day of activities for all ages, culminating with an evening party featuring live music by Ed Kabotie and Tha ‘Yoties, light eats, and a cash bar. Stick around on Sunday, September 23rd to help get the Education Center ready for the fall season with a volunteer project.

The Bears Ears Education Center will provide friendly visitor guidance to many of the new visitors coming to Bears Ears – resulting in reduced visitor impacts and visitors gaining a real appreciation for the internationally-significant public lands of southeast Utah.

The Bears Ears Education Center is located at 567 Main Street (Highway 191) in Bluff, Utah. The Grand Opening is open to the public and begins at 11 a.m. on Saturday, September 22nd.  Reservations are required for the evening party at 6:30 p.m. Please RSVP online to reserve your spot. The Bears Education Center will be open Thursday through Monday, 9 a.m. to 5 p.m. following the grand opening.

The Bears Ears Education Center was made possible with support from the Bluff community and thousands of donors including The North Face and the Lewis Family Foundation. Friends of Cedar Mesa is grateful to all friends who have supported and continue to support their mission to promote protection, stewardship, and “Visit with Respect” practices on the culturally-rich public lands of southeast Utah.

Mainly Marathons in Bluff on November 6th

Mainly Marathons Logo
Mainly Marathons’s Southwest Series will be returning to Bluff, Utah on Tuesday, November 6.   The Southwest Series features six marathons in six days in six beautiful locations in the Southwest. 
 
Pick from a 5k, 10k, 50k, half, and marathon.  This is a run/walk event that has no time limit for the marathon or less.  It is an out and back course that has you passing through our large aid station multiple times. The race starts at the Bluff Community Center and runs out of town with gorgeous views of the bluffs. We have a regular start time of 7:00 AM MST with an optional early start at 6:00 AM MST. 
 
For more information, including the marathon course and registration information, go to mainlymarathons.com.  
 
Mainly Marathons Southwest Series Flyer

URARA Annual Symposium in Bluff–October 4 – 8

URARA in Bluff Oct 4 - 8, 2018

The Utah Rock Art Research Association’s (URARA) Annual 2018 Symposium will be held in Bluff, Utah.  Dates of the symposium are October 4 – 8, 2018.  

The Bluff area is well known to rock art enthusiasts and is an ideal setting for the URARA symposium.  The event includes one day of workshops (October 4th), two days of field trips (October 5 and October 8), two days of fabulous speakers (October 6 and October 7), and the business meeting.   Keynote speakers include Ellen Dissanayake, University of Washington, Seattle and James Farmer, Virginia Commonwealth University.  The symposium includes a dinner, auction, delicious Green River watermelons, lots of fun, time to renew old friendships and make new ones.

You can join URARA, and register for the symposium and field trips at the URARA website.  Space is limited, so you are encouraged to complete your registration and make your accommodation plans soon.  

URARA’s mission is to lead in the preservation and understanding of the value of rock art, to encourage the appreciation and enjoyment of rock art sites, and to assist in the study, presentation, and publication of rock art research.

Announcing the 2018 Bluff Arts Festival

This year’s Bluff Arts Festival is set for October 19th – 21st, 2018.  Come celebrate the arts surrounded by the beauty of the desert.  Bluff’s red rock cliffs provide the perfect backdrop for the golden fall foliage in October.  It’s the ideal time to visit Bluff.

This year’s events include hands-on, artist- led workshops in writing, folk art, painting, drawing weaving, archeology hikes and so much more.  Note:  workshops are subject to change as a final schedule is still forthcoming. 

Additionally, a well-curated Artist Market featuring well-known artists from the greater Four corners rgion will be held at the Bluff Community Center on both Saturday, October 20th and Sunday, October 21st.  

Plus, don’t forget rockin’ live music under the stars Saturday night.

It’s all part of a great weekend celebrating the creative talent and incredible artists of Bluff, UT and beyond.

For more information or to apply to become a vendor at the 2018 Artist Market, log onto BluffArtsFestival.org.