Centrally located between some of America’s most popular and scenic destinations, Monticello is the perfect place to stay while you explore southeastern Utah and the Four Corners area.
Monticello is also sheltered by the Abajo Mountains and is a cool and peaceful summer get-way. Natural Vegetation grows to form the image of a blaze-faced horse on the mountains west of town. Abajo Mountains are a small range of rounded peaks topping out at 11,362 feet. They have some pleasant scenic drives and hiking. They are relatively unknown and consequently not too crowded.
Monticello serves as a good base for visiting the Needles District of Canyonlands National Park and the bordering Abajo Mountains. It is also en route for those traveling on Highway 491 to or from Mesa Verde National Park in Colorado. Monticello is located at the junction of Highway 191 and Highway 491, about 55 miles south of Moab and 21 miles north of Blanding.
The Hideout Golf Course was ranked Utah’s number two best public golf course and offers visitors a pleasant 18 hole course with no crowds and perfect summer temperatures in the 80s.
The Blue Mountain to Canyonlands Triathlon is held in March, Pioneer Days in July, and the County Fair and Rodeo in August. In addition, the biggest Jeep Safari in the world is held near Monticello. In addition to back-country ATV trails and motorcycle trails, the city of Monticello also offers Bull Hollow Raceway for motorcycle racing events. Newspaper Rock Recreation Site offers a large petroglyph panel. Cowboy and Mormon history add color to the county’s foundation as do Navajo, Hopi, Zuni, and Ute artisans whose work is available at local trading posts and galleries.
Canyonlands Motor Inn is only 50 miles south of Moab, Utah.
Monticello is also a center for hunting in the fall. Many claim it to be the best hunting in the country.