3 Things to Do in Bluff, Utah on the Way to the Grand Canyon

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Just south of Blanding is Bluff, a small outpost that is home to incredible family-friendly river trips, a great museum and one of the most photographed attractions in the Southwest.

Bluff Fort Historic Site

The visitors center at Bluff Fort Historic Site. Photo by David L Walton courtesy of Bluff Fort

The visitors center at Bluff Fort Historic Site. Photo by David L Walton courtesy of Bluff Fort

Discover how pioneers overcame insurmountable obstacles on the Hole-in-the-Rock trail to get to Bluff. The visitor center’s air-conditioning, the best homemade cookies made by volunteers (only $1.00), and multimedia exhibit of the 1879-80 wagon journey will keep you entertained; bluffutah.org/bluff-fort.

Raft Trip on San Juan River

Rafting trip down the San Juan River in Utah. Photo by Tori Peglar

Rafting trip down the San Juan River in Utah. Photo by Tori Peglar

Cool down on a Wild River Expeditions raft trip down the San Juan River that includes world-class ruins and petroglyph-covered walls. Mild rapids and smooth waters make it a great one or multi-day adventure for families. 2625 US 191; 435-672-2244; riversandruins.com.

Goosenecks State Park

Goosenecks State Park in Utah

Goosenecks State Park in Utah

Before it reaches the Colorado River, the San Juan River flows through a series of tight loops known as “goosenecks.” Look down 1,000 feet to see this amazing sight with no crowds. Pit toilets and 8 primitive campsites available; stateparks.utah.gov/parks/goosenecks/

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