Sand Island Recreation Area


Monticello Field Office 365 North Main Monticello, UT 84535

37.2622, -109.61207

Sand Island Recreation Area is located on the north bank of the San Juan River about 3 miles west of Bluff, Utah, on the south side of Highway 191.


Sand Island Recreation Area

Sand Island Recreation Area has a campground, group campsites, vault toilets, seasonal drinking water, a San Juan River boat ramp, and day-use area. The campground is ideal for groups wishing to be close to the town of Bluff and the San Juan River. The area offers outdoor enthusiasts many options for river floating, scenic driving, and rock art viewing.

The campground features 23 campsites which are first-come, first-serve using a self-register at the site. Campsites are $15 per night. Sites accommodate up to eight people and two vehicles. They have a picnic table and fire grate. Drinking water is usually available March through October. There are two group sites for large groups, which may be reserved on

The BLM is happy to announce the Bluff River Trail linking the town of Bluff to the Sand Island Recreation Area. The Bluff River Trail provides improved access to the San Juan River for pedestrians, bicyclists, and equestrian riders. Approximately 6.7 trails miles of the trail are on BLM-managed lands in Bears Ears National Monument and there are 3.9 additional miles that cross private lands. The trail has little elevation gain, which helps make it a great trail for a leisurely hike. Spring is a great time to enjoy a hike, spot birds and other wildlife, visit the river, and take in the beautiful scenery along the Bluff River Trail. It was made possible by the BLM and our partners, including the Bluff Historic Preservation Association, private landowners who provided easements on their property, and the Grand Canyon Trust.

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