Traveling South from Moab, Utah on Route 191 you begin to see the outskirts of Monticello. The speed limit throughout town is 30, and you better abide by it. Center and Main Streets are the crossroads for Routes 191 (leading to Blanding, Bluff and eventually, Monument Valley) and 491 (leading to Colorado). The town is under-established business wise with the majority being hotels and motels. Most residents, whether they admit to it or not, do much of their shopping in Cortez, Colorado (only one hour away on Route 491) which has two major supermarket chains and a WalMart. For tourists, there is The Hideaway Golf Course for those interested in golfing, but the largest attraction is Canyonlands National Park which features The Needles, and many other breath taking formations, arches and Indian ruins.
|The Abajo Mountains|
There are three lakes in the Abajos; Loyd's Lake, Monticello Lake and Foy Lake; along with many camping areas around the lakes, or nearby.
Monticello, Utah is not a perfect town; yes, it needs to come into the 21st century by providing more business, not just for its residents (which means employment too), but to attract more tourists and their dollars. Instead of many places closing down for the winter, they could remain open if winter sports areas were established in the mountains. Monticello needs to grow and I am not the only resident who feels this way; but we all agree that it cannot expand too rapidly or largely. Keep the quaint town feel, but make sure all those storefronts are open for business!
As to residing in Monticello, I certainly encourage anyone who wants to live in a beautifully scenic environment to purchase a home here. The big city? Visit if you need to, but don't live there if you want to remain sane and healthy. Sometimes someone will ask me if I ever intend on going back to the East Coast...OH HELL NO!!!