Monticello is a city located in San Juan County in the US state of Utah.
The city is nestled in the foothills of Abajo Mountains. Monticello is a
bit cooler than other towns in the area. Uranium, ranching, and farming
have played important roles in the economy and history of the city.
Monticello is home to San Juan County Fair and Fairgrounds, which is the
annual fair usually occurring during August. A 24th July Parade and
Celebration are also organized annually in the city to commemorate Pioneer
Day, which is a Utah holiday that commemorates the arrival of Mormon
settlers to the Salt Lake Valley.
Things to do in Monticello, Utah
Constructed by the residents of San Juan County, Frontier Museum is in a
historic barn adjacent to Southeast Utah Welcome Center. Frontier Museum is
home to an interesting assortment of prehistoric and historic artifacts. It
also offers a glimpse of the life of those who lived on the edge of the
Great Sage Plain in the last century.
Newspaper Rock State Historic Monument
Located at around 28 miles from Monticello, Newspaper Rock State Historic
Monument is a Utah State Monument boasting a rock panel carved with one of
the largest known assortments of petroglyphs. The monument was added to the
National Register of Historic Pages listings in 1976.
Monticello Utah Temple
Monticello Utah Temple is the temple of the Church of Jesus Christ of
Latter-day Saints. The temple is located at the base of the Abajo
Mountains. The exterior of Monticello Utah Temple is finished in a marble
called Noah Creme. 13,000 tiles used in the temple were evaluated carefully
to ensure they go with each other for a uniform effect.
Best Time to Visit Monticello, Utah
Spring and fall are the best seasons to take Monticello flights. April, May, September and October are usually warm and sunny. Though,
travelers can expect occasional rainy spells during these months.
Airports in Monticello
Flights to Monticello are operated from Monticello Airport. It is a
city-owned public airport located about 6 kilometers north of Monticello.
The airport's current location is on the east side of the US Route 191,
replacing the former site which was on the west side of the highway.