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Guidebook for Blanding

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Guidebook for Blanding

Food Scene
It isn't much of a "scene" but, we have a few places to grab some good food.
Mouth watering burgers and sandwiches! The have incredible milkshakes and amazing french fries. The Bleu-Bacon Burger is our absolute favorite. Order online to get your food faster: patiodiner.com
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Patio Diner
95 North Grayson Parkway
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Mouth watering burgers and sandwiches! The have incredible milkshakes and amazing french fries. The Bleu-Bacon Burger is our absolute favorite. Order online to get your food faster: patiodiner.com
These guys have amazing salads. Really, have the chicken salad. They also have ax throwing in the evenings. It is exactly how it sounds but, it is 10 times more fun than you are thinking. Grab some good food, throw some axes, get some frozen yogurt, laugh your faces off.
Pop's Burritos
148 S Main St
These guys have amazing salads. Really, have the chicken salad. They also have ax throwing in the evenings. It is exactly how it sounds but, it is 10 times more fun than you are thinking. Grab some good food, throw some axes, get some frozen yogurt, laugh your faces off.
Yak's is the best place for breakfast, if you don't want to cook up your won pancakes. They also have the only souvenir shop for Bears Ears National Monument keepsakes. Website: http://yaks.cafe
Yaks Café
140 US-191
Yak's is the best place for breakfast, if you don't want to cook up your won pancakes. They also have the only souvenir shop for Bears Ears National Monument keepsakes. Website: http://yaks.cafe
Homestead is the best place for a quiet, sit-down lunch or dinner. They have delicious biscuits and incredible, homemade raspberry jam. Feeling like trying some authentic, local cuisine? Try their Navajo Taco. Website: https://www.homesteadsteakhouseut.com/
Homestead Steak House
121 E Center St
Homestead is the best place for a quiet, sit-down lunch or dinner. They have delicious biscuits and incredible, homemade raspberry jam. Feeling like trying some authentic, local cuisine? Try their Navajo Taco. Website: https://www.homesteadsteakhouseut.com/
It isn't authentic, original, or unique. But, if you want something you have tried before and will never throw you a curve ball, there is an A&W restaurant on Main & Center.
A&W Restaurant
12 W Center St
It isn't authentic, original, or unique. But, if you want something you have tried before and will never throw you a curve ball, there is an A&W restaurant on Main & Center.
We know this is a gas station/convenience store. We know it is weird to have this on a list of places to eat. But, these guys secretly have amazing pizza - and we are picky about pizza.
Southway Trading llc
651 S Main St
We know this is a gas station/convenience store. We know it is weird to have this on a list of places to eat. But, these guys secretly have amazing pizza - and we are picky about pizza.
This is an adorable ice cream shop, within easy walking distance of your vacation home. Grab a cone before the movies and sit in the new park (on the south side) and enjoy your family. They also have a few sandwich options if you are looking for just a little more than ice cream.
Grayson Ice Cream Parlor
2-34 S Main St
This is an adorable ice cream shop, within easy walking distance of your vacation home. Grab a cone before the movies and sit in the new park (on the south side) and enjoy your family. They also have a few sandwich options if you are looking for just a little more than ice cream.
Arts & Culture
The visitor center is a great place to stop if you want a good park for your kids to run around, if you are looking for more info on what to see in the area, or if you like small museums on local history. The little museum and the park are free as well.
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Blanding Visitor's Center
12 North Grayson Parkway
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The visitor center is a great place to stop if you want a good park for your kids to run around, if you are looking for more info on what to see in the area, or if you like small museums on local history. The little museum and the park are free as well.
Most people who like dinosaurs know that Utah is a hot bed from dinosaur bones and archaeological finds. But, did you know that Blanding has its own dinosaur museum? Spend your summer evening exploring the museum, taking photos, and learning more about the creatures that once roamed the earth.
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The Dinosaur Museum
754 South 200 West
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Most people who like dinosaurs know that Utah is a hot bed from dinosaur bones and archaeological finds. But, did you know that Blanding has its own dinosaur museum? Spend your summer evening exploring the museum, taking photos, and learning more about the creatures that once roamed the earth.
Cedar Mesa Pottery creates and sells handcrafted Native American pottery. It is actually, far more amazing than you are thinking. Stop in and take a free, self-guided tour. Along the tour, you will meet the artists, the potters, and see how each item is made. It is worth the visit, and you will learn some interesting things. For instance, have you seen the way they make horse hair pottery?
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Cedar Mesa Pottery
333 South Main Street
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Cedar Mesa Pottery creates and sells handcrafted Native American pottery. It is actually, far more amazing than you are thinking. Stop in and take a free, self-guided tour. Along the tour, you will meet the artists, the potters, and see how each item is made. It is worth the visit, and you will learn some interesting things. For instance, have you seen the way they make horse hair pottery?
Parks & Nature
Nations of the Four Corners is one of the most underrated places in Blanding, UT. Nestled at the east end of town there is a series of hiking trails and interesting places to explore. Along the trails you will find ancient re-creations of pioneer buildings, Native American homes, tee-pees, hogans, huts and so much more. At each stop you will find plaques with information on each culture. You will also find picnic tables, a tower you can climb to the top of, caves, a stream (if you hike far enough), lizards, and more. There is even an outdoor amphitheater! Keep an eye out for cactus!
Nations of the Four Corners Cultural Center
461 W 500 S
Nations of the Four Corners is one of the most underrated places in Blanding, UT. Nestled at the east end of town there is a series of hiking trails and interesting places to explore. Along the trails you will find ancient re-creations of pioneer buildings, Native American homes, tee-pees, hogans, huts and so much more. At each stop you will find plaques with information on each culture. You will also find picnic tables, a tower you can climb to the top of, caves, a stream (if you hike far enough), lizards, and more. There is even an outdoor amphitheater! Keep an eye out for cactus!
At the very, very end of this road, you will find two things that almost nobody but locals know about: An ancient ruin and a natural bridge. Park at the end of the road and follow the trail across the canyon to see the ruins first hand. Don't forget not to touch anything. Look up the road a little bit to find the secluded and natural bridge made entirely out of rock.
Ruins Road
At the very, very end of this road, you will find two things that almost nobody but locals know about: An ancient ruin and a natural bridge. Park at the end of the road and follow the trail across the canyon to see the ruins first hand. Don't forget not to touch anything. Look up the road a little bit to find the secluded and natural bridge made entirely out of rock.
This State Park is also a museum. You can go inside and explore artifacts from ancient civilizations that lived right here, in San Juan County. Or you can go out back and explore real kivas and hogans that have been here for thousands of years.
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Edge of the Cedars State Park
660 West 400 North
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This State Park is also a museum. You can go inside and explore artifacts from ancient civilizations that lived right here, in San Juan County. Or you can go out back and explore real kivas and hogans that have been here for thousands of years.
Recapture Reservoir is a small lake, if you can call it a lake. You can rent a boat, canoe, or kayak and spend the day on the water. You can go swimming, fishing, or hunt for crawdads. It is a fun place to spend a family afternoon.
Recapture Reservoir
Recapture Reservoir is a small lake, if you can call it a lake. You can rent a boat, canoe, or kayak and spend the day on the water. You can go swimming, fishing, or hunt for crawdads. It is a fun place to spend a family afternoon.
This is one of five local parks in Blanding. Blanding is truly one of the best places for families as we have one park per 600 residents. This is the park in the center of town. It has swings and slides but mostly, it has amazing grass, great picnic tables, and big, beautiful trees. Is an excellent place for a picnic.
City Park
This is one of five local parks in Blanding. Blanding is truly one of the best places for families as we have one park per 600 residents. This is the park in the center of town. It has swings and slides but mostly, it has amazing grass, great picnic tables, and big, beautiful trees. Is an excellent place for a picnic.
The newest of Blanding's many parks. It has two pavlions with many tables for large family gathering, grass and running room for kids. Plus, it hosts a huge, new playground: slides, slides, monkey bars, climbing areas, everything.
Centennial Park
1200 S 300 W
The newest of Blanding's many parks. It has two pavlions with many tables for large family gathering, grass and running room for kids. Plus, it hosts a huge, new playground: slides, slides, monkey bars, climbing areas, everything.
A natural woods park. Seven acres of grass, trees, and a Frisbee-gold course. Picnic tables, and grills also cover some of the area making it a nice place for a family cookout. Hike the hill to the north to find the 3rd reservoir where you can spend the afternoon fishing.
Walter C. Lyman Park
A natural woods park. Seven acres of grass, trees, and a Frisbee-gold course. Picnic tables, and grills also cover some of the area making it a nice place for a family cookout. Hike the hill to the north to find the 3rd reservoir where you can spend the afternoon fishing.
Entertainment & Activities
Stop by the Wellness Center to play in the pool, shoot some basketball, play pickle ball, or take one of the exercise classes. The SJ Wellness Center has an incredible walk-in pool in the summer time. The walk in side is perfect for small children while the main of the pool leave plenty of room for the older kids. It is also next door to the city baseball fields, skate park, and outdoor basketball courts. It is a great place to spend a day.
San Juan Wellness Center
1013 South 300 West
Stop by the Wellness Center to play in the pool, shoot some basketball, play pickle ball, or take one of the exercise classes. The SJ Wellness Center has an incredible walk-in pool in the summer time. The walk in side is perfect for small children while the main of the pool leave plenty of room for the older kids. It is also next door to the city baseball fields, skate park, and outdoor basketball courts. It is a great place to spend a day.
This eclectic theater has been in Blanding since the 1940s!! It is completely unique and adorable. Stop by the evenings for the featured film. Stop at the ice cream shop, next door, to add some extra sweetness to your evening.
San Juan Theater
10 South Main Street
This eclectic theater has been in Blanding since the 1940s!! It is completely unique and adorable. Stop by the evenings for the featured film. Stop at the ice cream shop, next door, to add some extra sweetness to your evening.
Don't let the gas station facade fool you. Inside this A&W/Chevron there is also a bowling alley. Don't worry, we know it is weird. But, it is also a ton of fun. You can order burgers or pizza while you bowl your heart out at this new bowling alley.
Canyon Country Bowling Center and A&W Restaurant
12 West Center Street
Don't let the gas station facade fool you. Inside this A&W/Chevron there is also a bowling alley. Don't worry, we know it is weird. But, it is also a ton of fun. You can order burgers or pizza while you bowl your heart out at this new bowling alley.
This non-profit Dinosaur Museum was created by a local man and his wife, years and years ago. Over the decades they have added room, after room, to bring this museum to life. Tickets are only $3. You can take a tour guide or guide yourself through this this fun and unique bit of ancient and cinematic history.
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The Dinosaur Museum
754 South 200 West
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This non-profit Dinosaur Museum was created by a local man and his wife, years and years ago. Over the decades they have added room, after room, to bring this museum to life. Tickets are only $3. You can take a tour guide or guide yourself through this this fun and unique bit of ancient and cinematic history.