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Monticello is a small town (pop. 2,400) at the edge of the Abajo Mountains. At 7,000 feet, it boasts more pleasant summer temperatures than other communities in southeastern Utah. It serves as a good base for visiting the Needles District of Canyonlands National Park (45 miles northwest) and the bordering Abajo Mountains. It is also en route for those traveling on Hwy 666 to or from Mesa Verde National Park in Colorado (90 miles southeast).
Monticello is located at the junction of Hwy. 191 and Hwy. 666, about 55 miles south of Moab and 21 miles north of Blanding. View Area Map. Monticello has a number of motels, a few private campgrounds, several dining establishments and most other services a traveler might need.
Scenic drives to consider in the Monticello area are listed below.
Elk Ridge Road Scenic Backway
Squaw Flats Scenic Byway
Tourist destinations to consider near Monticello are listed below. Click on any name for complete information.
The Abajo Mountains, or Blues as they're also referred to, are a small range topping out at the 11,362 foot Abajo Peak. They are forested with aspen and fir and in summer provide a good break from the desert conditions of lower lying areas. There are a couple nice scenic drives through the range, including one to the top of Abajo Peak. There are also a decent network of trails through the range for hiking in summer, and cross-country skiing and snowmobiling in winter. The Abajo Mountains are not well known and remain relatively uncrowded.
The Abajo Mountains are located just west of Monticello and north of Blanding in southeastern Utah. View Area Map.
Monticello rich with the history. In the 1800's so many fugitives escaped to Monticello to hide the law in the isolated mountains and canyons that it became known as the Outlaw Trail. Plan your escape and visit Monticello and find a little bit of your own refuge in Monticello, Utah.
Elevation: 7,069 feet
Cowboys, Native American tribes and outlaws were the first to come to the beautiful mountains and canyons of Monticello. Mormon settlers came in 1887 and was later named Monticello in honor of Thomas Jefferson's estate. There was much turmoil with ongoing disputes between the settler, the cowboys and the Native Americans. The calvary was called in to enforced the peace. In the following years, miners came in droves to search for riches. The real mining boom came to Monticello in the 1950's when uranium ore was discovered and a uranium processing plant was constructed. Today, golf and tourism has replaced uranium processing.