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San Juan County


Utah's Canyon Country

"A Vacation Land for All Seasons"

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The Cities and communities of San Juan County, Utah*


Blanding, Bluff


Halchita, Halls Crossing

La Sal, La Sal Junction

Mexican Hat, Montezuma Creek, Monticello, Monument Valley

Navajo Mountain

Spanish Valley, Summit Point

Tselakai Dezza


White Mesa

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Other Facts & Figures - Population - Schools


San Juan County official site

County Courthouse
P.O. Box 338
Monticello, UT 84535-0338
Phone: 435-587-3221

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1880 - 204
1890 - 365
1900 - 1,023
1910 - 2,377
1920 - 3,379
1930 - 3,496
1940 - 4,712
1950 - 5,315
1960 - 9,040
1970 - 9,606
1980 - 12,253
1990 - 12,621
1996 - 13,221
2000 - 14,413
2007 - 14,217
2009 - 15,049

Population Density:
2000 - 2 persons per square mile

Median age:
2000 - 26 years

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in the unique geographic area known as the Colorado Plateau in the southeast portion of Utah. Since it is the largest county in the state, it has many neighboring counties in each direction. In fact, it is has a border with 14 other counties, more than any county in the United States. The famous 4 Corners area is located within this county.

Neighboring Counties:
North - Grand County, Utah
Northeast - Mesa County, Colorado (at a single point)
Northeast - Montrose County, Colorado
East - San Miguel County, Colorado
East - Dolores County, Colorado
East - Montezuma County, Colorado
Southeast - San Juan County, New Mexico (at a single point)
South - Apache County, Arizona
South - Navajo County, Arizona
Southwest - Coconino County, Arizona
West - Kane County, Utah
West - Garfield County, Utah
West - Wayne County, Utah
Northwest - Emery County, Utah (at a single point)

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Overall, the area has a mild climate with low humidity and warm temperatures. Some areas at high elevation, such as Blanding at about 6,000 feet are cooler most of the year.

Average Rainfall: - 13.35 inches
Average Snowfall: 11.3 inches

Average High Temperature: 63.6 F.
Average Low Temperature: 36.3 F.

A climate page for San Juan County with several links.

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Other Facts and Figures:

Median Household Income:
2000 - $28,137
2009 - $33,915

Per Capita Income:
2000 - $10,229

Median House Value:
2000 - $57,300
2009 - $104,369

Number of Housing Units:
2000 - 5,779

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A history page for San Juan County. Here is another history page for the county.
This history for kids page for San Juan County also includes some pictures.
The heritage of San Juan County is explained on this page.

The Anasazi made the area their home until about 1300 A.D. Their ruins may be seen throughout the region. Of particular interest are the pictographs and petroglyphs. Later, the Navajo moved here to expand their settlements from Arizona.

Full-scale settlement of the county by Mormon pioneers began in 1879. Before that time there were few white people in the area. Leaving Escalante in the Fall of 1879, the new adventurers arrived in what would later become Bluff on 6 April 1880. Life in this area was difficult with boom or bust as far as the weather was concerned. The San Juan River would either flood or go dry so it could not be depended upon for water Cattle ranchers did somewhat better in this rough area than did the farmers. Many gave up and moved to the higher country where Blanding and Monticello developed. Over the years, mining as well as oil and gas exploration have had their turns at productivity. There was even a uranium boom in the early 1950's which was short-lived, but made a success for a few people.

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San Juan County is the largest county in Utah in physical size.

Total area: 7,933 square miles
Land area: 7,820 square miles
Water area: 113 square miles

As part of the Colorado Plateau, the area has many unique geographic features. This area is made mostly of sandstone and limestone and covers not only 2/3 of Utah, but also parts of the adjoining states of Arizona, Colorado and New Mexico. The Colorado and San Juan Rivers and their tributaries have carved out deep gorges and canyons in the county. The spectacular red rock may be seen in nearly all parts of the county. Also classic desert, evergreen forest and mountains are seen here. The La Sal Mountains and the Blue Mountains are in the county with high peaks and extensive forests. These areas are a deep contrast to the arid deserts below them.

The elevation in the county varies greatly, ranging from about 13,000 feet above sea level in the La Sal Mountains to 3,000 feet above sea level at Lake Powell.

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US GenWeb page for San Juan County
Kindred Trails page for San Juan County
Linkpendium page for the county
Genealogy Trails page for San Juan County

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San Juan County Library

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San Juan School District
Secondary Schools in the county
Elementary Schools in the county

College of Eastern Utah-San Juan Campus
Affiliated with Utah State University
639 West 100 South
Blanding, Utah 84511
Phone: (435) 678-2201
Associate Programs

Four Corners School of Outdoor Education
196 South Main Street
P.O. Box 1029
Monticello, UT 84535
Toll-free: 800-525-4456

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While agriculture and ranching has been a standard for the area, the growing portion of the economy of San Juan County has become tourism. Lake Powell, created in the early 1960's, the Rainbow Bridge, Piute Farms and river trips along Cataract Canyon and on the San Juan have all made their contributions to this new industry.

San Juan County Economic Development and Tourism Board
P. O. Box 490
Monticello, Utah 84535
Toll-free: 800-574-4386
Phone: 435-587-3235 x4139

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Organizations & Groups

Monticello Chamber of Commerce
P.O. Box 217
Monticello, UT 84535
Phone: 435-587-2992

Blanding Chamber of Commerce
P.O. Box 792
Blanding UT 84511
Phone: 435-678-2539

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Attractions & Other Information

Canyonlands National Park
Lake Powell - Glen Canyon National Recreation Area
Natural Bridges National Monument

See other natural features such as Rainbow Bridge, Cedar Mesa, and Hovenweep National Monuments.

See this page for attractions in San Juan County

Edge of the Cedars State Park and Museum
660 West 400 North
Blanding, UT 84511
Phone: 435-678-2238

The Dinosaur Museum
754 South 200 West
Blanding, Utah 84511
Phone: 435-678-3454

See photos from all over the county. Also try this photo gallery

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