Blanding, Utah

San Juan County


Blanding is a small town ( with a status of "City" ) in San Juan County in the southeast of the U.S. state of Utah. In 2010 Blanding had 3375 inhabitants. Despite the small population, Blanding is the largest town in the county, the administrative headquarters of Monticello has only about 2,000 residents.

Blanding is located on U.S. Highway 191 at about 1860 m altitude on a stretched in a north-south direction of Table Mountain only between two temporary water leading washs that run south to the San Juan River. In the north, the Abajo Mountains lie to the Abajo Peak.


On first contact with white people, the region was inhabited by the Navajo Indians. Your Navajo Nation Reservation, it now covers the south of the county, but not enough to Blanding. The Ute Indians were occasional raids from the east in the region.

The first whites were Mormon pioneers who were sent to the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints (Mormons ) to colonize the region. About the Hole- in-the- Rock Trail reached first Mormons today's Bluff in 1880. From there they settled the approximately 70 km to the north Monticello. The intermediate area of ​​the later Blanding was used for grazing by ranchers from Monticello.

Until 1906, the first families settled on Table Mountain and built a canal to supply the new settlement names Grayson with water from the Johnson Creek, who came from the mountains and performs permanent water. Between 1912 and 1916, the city grew due to the influx of Mormons who were originally emigrated from the U.S. to Mexico. They came back now, as there political unrest broke out and were looking for new settlement areas in Utah. 1914 called itself the place to Blanding.

The original economic base of the town was on cattle breeding and agriculture. This expanded to include forestry. After the Second World War, the Southeast Utah has been explored intensively for deposits of uranium, while there were also other mineral resources. Blanding became the mining settlement with modest oil mining and uranium mine. Both were unprofitable in the 1980s, so that the place had to realign.

Blanding today

The current basis of Blanding is tourism. Contributes to this especially the location of the city. Blanding is located at the eastern end of the Utah State Highway 95, one of the most attractive streets is shown by the red- sandstone region of Utah and full length, a National Scenic Byway. In addition, the U.S. Highway 191 forms by Blanding the connection between the Grand Canyon National Park and Canyonlands and Arches National Park in Moab, so that a large number of tourists to cross Blanding.

The Abajo Mountains north of the city are part of the Manti La Sal National Forests and offer many recreational opportunities in nature, such as hiking, fishing and hunting. Nearby is the small Edge of the Cedars State Park, in the wider community there are two National Monuments. Hovenweep National Monument consists of six individual small archaeological finds and monuments of prehistoric Anasazi Indians. Natural Bridges National Monument preserves spectacular rock formations, including the eponymous natural stone arches.

Demographic data

According to the census in 2010 lived in Blanding 3375 people in 1013 households. The population density was 553.3 inhabitants per square kilometer. In the 1013 households lived statistically 3.19 per person.

The racial the population was composed of 66.1 percent white, 0.3 percent African American, 29.4 percent Native American, 0.3 percent Asian, 0.1 percent ( two people) Polynesians and 0.5 percent from other races groups; 3.3 percent were descended from two or more races. Regardless of ethnicity were 3.8 percent of the population are Hispanic or Latino of any race.

35.0 percent of the population were under 18 years old, 53.8 percent were between 18 and 64, and 11.2 percent were 65 years or older. 51.2 percent of the population was female.

The median annual income for a household was $ 45,286. The per capita income was $ 16,906. 23.6 percent of the population lived below the poverty line.


A scene of the road movies Vanishing Point San Francisco 1971 plays near Blanding.