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3 Things to Do in Bluff, Utah South of Canyonlands National Park

This small outpost is home to incredible family-friendly river trips, a great museum and one of the most-photographed attractions in the Southwest.

Just south of Blanding is Bluff, a small outpost that is home to incredible family-friendly river trips, a great museum and one of the most photographed attractions in the Southwest.

Bluff Fort Historic Site

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The visitors center at Bluff Fort Historic Site. Photo by David L Walton courtesy of Bluff Fort

Discover how pioneers overcame insurmountable obstacles on the Hole-in-the-Rock trail to get to Bluff. The visitor center’s air-conditioning, the best homemade cookies made by volunteers (only $1.00), and multimedia exhibit of the 1879-80 wagon journey will keep you entertained; bluffutah.org/bluff-fort.

Raft Trip on San Juan River

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Rafting trip down the San Juan River in Utah. Photo by Tori Peglar

Cool down on a Wild River Expeditions raft trip down the San Juan River that includes world-class ruins and petroglyph-covered walls. Mild rapids and smooth waters make it a great one or multi-day adventure for families. 2625 US 191; 435-672-2244; riversandruins.com.

Goosenecks State Park

Goosenecks State Park in Utah
Goosenecks State Park in Utah. Photo: Shutterstock

Before it reaches the Colorado River, the San Juan River flows through a series of tight loops known as “goosenecks.” Look down 1,000 feet to see this amazing sight with no crowds. Pit toilets and 8 primitive campsites available; stateparks.utah.gov/parks/goosenecks/

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