Bluff History Tour

Bluff is a small town with a wealth of history. 

Listed on the National Register of Historic Places, the Bluff Historic District is an area roughly bounded by Main Street/US 191, 2nd Street East, and the bluffs.  It contains buildings built from 1880 to the mid-1940’s, with the majority built between 1890 and 1905.  The district includes most of the original 1880 townsite, later Victorian homes, Bluff cemetery and the sandstone bluffs directly north of town which include natural features with cultural significance.

Also on the National Register of Historic Places is St Christopher’s Episcopal Mission, the nearby Sand Island Petroglyph Site, and  the Hole-in-the Rock Expedition Trail.

Be sure see Cemetery Hill for an awe-inspiring view of the San Juan river valley.  The cemetery is the final resting place for many of Bluff’s pioneer families.  Nearby, you can also learn more about the Bluff Great House Site, an important archaeological site from the Pueblo II – III era.



1.   Adams House*
2.   Cemetery Hill
3.   Bluff Fort
3a. Barton Cabin*
3b. Co-op Building
3c. Kumen Jones House
4.   Bluff Great House
5.   Bluff Library/Jail

6.  Calf Canyon
7.  Decker House*
8.  Hyrum Perkins House
9.  Jane Allen House
10. Jens Nielsen House (4 Gables)*
11. Jens Nielsen House
12. Jones Farm
13. Lemuel Redd House*

*On the National Register of Historic Places


Download a printable PDF for your convenience during the walking tour.