Elk Ridge Recreation Area

Area Status: Open
This area is Open

The Elk Ridge Recreation Area is located in San Juan County, Utah, west of Monticello and north of Blanding in southeastern Utah.  It lies west of Cottonwood Road to Elk Ridge, west to the Dark Canyon Wilderness boundary, and from the north Forest boundary to the south Forest boundary.  The closest access is from SR-95.  It is in close proximity to Natural Bridges NM to the east, Canyonlands NP to the north and Blanding, Utah to the south; Elk Ridge Road runs the length of the areas from the north to the south.  Dark Canyon and its tributaries begin high on the edge of Elk Ridge at an elevation of 8,800 feet and cut through layers of sandstone and limestone to the upper reaches of Lake Powell and the Colorado River, ending up at 3,700 feet.  The Forest Service manages the upper end of the canyon, which includes the 45,000 acre Dark Canyon Wilderness Area.

At a Glance

Current Conditions: Weather and snow melt will affect open and closing.
Closest Towns: East: Blanding and Monticello, West: Fry Canyon

General Information


For directions to this site, please contact the Monticello Ranger District: 435-636-3340.

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5500' - 10,500'