Savvy travelers know that after they view Monument Valley, their best choice is to dine at the Cottonwood Steakhouse in Bluff, Utah. We offer great food, craft beer, wine, and dining under the stars in an American western atmosphere.
The charming village of Bluff is less than an hour’s drive from Monument Valley and offers excellent lodging accommodations including premier, boutique and budget motels. Bluff is listed in 1,000 Places to See Before You Die, and has been nominated as one of America’s Coolest Small Towns. Bluff is nestled between dramatic sandstone bluffs and the San Juan River. The Navajo reservation borders our town weaving the culture of the Navajo people with Bluff’s eclectic style.
The Trail of the Ancients Scenic Byway (Highway 163) connects Monument Valley and Bluff and features jaw-dropping, scenic vistas such as Goosenecks State Park, Valley of the Gods, Moki Dugway, Muley Point and Sand Island. You’ll recognize mile marker 13 as the “Forrest Gump Highway”.
Ancestral Puebloans established the first settlements in the Bluff valley around 650 A.D. Some of the Southwest’s most impressive prehistoric rock art and ruins lie in or near Bluff. In 1880, Bluff was settled by Mormon pioneers seeking to establish a mission in the Four Corners area. Be sure to check out the historic Bluff Fort to learn more about early pioneer life.
For more information on lodging, things to do, and directions from Monument Valley, visit www.bluffutah.org.