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What to do and see in San Juan County

You probably already have planned where you want to go and what you want to see when you attend the Summer Utah Alliance Meeting in Monticello, Utah in two weeks. But just in case you want a little help on planning what to do, here are a few tips.

We don't need to tell you that San Juan County is the gateway to some of the most beautiful scenery in the world. The red rocks, the rivers, the lakes, the canyons, the formations and even the skies are world-renowned. Did you know that Canyonlands and Natural Bridges are just two of the areas in Utah that have been designated as "Dark Sky" areas. It is possible for you to see 15,000 stars at night in one of these parks, where you might only see about 500 in the urban areas. If you want to know more about the areas designated in Utah and about activities highlighting our beautiful skies, click here. There is a ranger-led Dark Sky program at Natural Bridges on July 13, 14 or 15th. It begins at 8:30 at the Visitor's Center. For more information on that activity, go here.

There are also a number of short hikes and scenic drives that are perfect if you only have an hour or two to spare. Utah's Canyon Country website contains information on all types of activities and destinations available to meet your schedule. You can hike, bike, fish, take an ATV ride, or play a round of golf. Bring your family down and spend the weekend exploring the trails or boating on Lake Powell. You can also check out the new Bears Ears National Monument. More information about the National Monument can be found here.

The Canyon Country website also contains a list of dining establishments. You will everything from fast food to area specialty restaurants.

One thing is sure, you won't be bored when you come to San Juan County. Make sure you register for the Summer Meeting and plan to stay a few extra days to check out some of the most beautiful places in the world.

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