Planning a 3 Day Trip to Monticello | Adventurin'

Planning a 3 Day Trip to Monticello | Adventurin'

Read to break away from I-15?

I mean most of The Salt Project posts are all along I-15, it's what most of us are familiar with. The rest of Utah is such an unknown to us, especially myself. Luckily, Lyndie from Four Corners School of Outdoor Education sent us an e-mail explaining about this rad "School" in Monticello, Utah.

Where's Monticello?

Just south of Moab. The only reason I even know where Monticello is, is because I had a college roommate from this far, south-eastern town. I lived in New Mexico as a child and road tripped from New Mexico to Utah many times and went right through Monticello, but that was all before I was 10.

Lyndie is here, giving us a 3 day itinerary, so pack your bags! Spring Break has been planned, head down to Monticello! I (Harmony) will actually be packing our bags so we can experience Monticello in all it's glory. Be prepared for many epic posts.

So without further adieu, Lyndie from Four Corners School of Outdoor Education.

Traveling from Salt Lake City to Monticello in San Juan County takes the traveler from an urban mountain city to the rural canyon country. Monticello, a quiet town of 1,975 residents, sits at the base of the Abajo (Blue) Mountains. With an elevation of 7,000 ft., Monticello is much cooler and offers a more relaxed, family friendly atmosphere than the nearby towns of Moab or Bluff. Located just 45 minutes outside Canyonlands Needles District or Cedar Mesa, there is plenty to do in the area for an active, outdoor family vacation. 

Day 1:

Ditch school without feeling guilty –visit the Four Corners School of Outdoor Education’s Canyon Country Discovery Center.

Their inspiring learning exhibits and programs combine nature and science for a fun, interactive experience. With their climbing wall, 3D Sandbox and Windtunnel, you'll be sure to please the whole family.

Attend one of their night sky programs or take one of their ed-venture trips to Canyonlands National Park, Cedar Mesa, the San Juan River, or the Abajo Mountains.

The Four Corners School of Outdoor Education also offers Day & Weekend Adventures, so be sure to check out their trips here.

Day 2:

For pioneer heritage, visit the Frontier Museum located on Monticello’s Main Street at the Southeast Utah Visitor Center of San Juan County.

Is your family wanting a relaxing hike or swim? Take a drive to one of the Abajo’s three mountain reservoirs. Pack a picnic lunch to enjoy a sunny lakeside meal. Fishing is permitted, so be sure to buy your fishing license online.

Day 3:

If you are raising a little paleontologist or archeologist, you can’t miss the Dinosaur Museum and Edge of the Cedars located 25 miles south in Blanding. This full day of ancient culture and natural history provides just the right immersion for any family with plenty of space to get out and stretch their legs and imagination. Remember to leave it in place, and snap a photo instead! Your little one can snooze on the drive back to Monticello for dinner at the Horsehead Grill for good ol’ fashioned kids menus and tasty pork ribs.

Are you looking for Sunday Services? You can attend service at the beautiful Monticello Utah Temple, Saint Joseph Catholic Church, First Baptist Church of Monticello, or the San Juan Community Evangelical Free Church.

Traveling during a holiday? Check out the local listing of events during the summer! Like the Monticello Community Easter Egg Hunt.

*All photos taken by Four Corners School of Outdoor Education.

Has Lyndie convinced you? Ready to plan a trip? Be sure to find Four Corners School of Outdoor Education on Facebook, Twitter and Instagram. Tell them The Salt Project sent you!

If you go to Monticello (because I'm sure you will after seeing all these awesome photos) be sure to #thesaltproject on all your adventures!

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Watch out for Harmony's Monticello posts, coming soon.

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435-587-2156

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