Bluff is a tiny but unexpectedly interesting town with a big personality, and it’s building a reputation for fun events. Like Moab, it doesn’t have a palpable Mormon feel, and it remains a mini–melting pot of Navajos, river rats, hippies, and old-time Utahns. It’s a nice place to relax for a while—and to check out what it might be like living in the middle of nowhere; the town is surrounded by red-rock mesas, so there's no cell phone service for several miles around.
Bluff, settled in 1880, is one of southeastern Utah's oldest towns. Mormon pioneers from the original Hole in the Rock journey built a ranching empire that made the town at one time the richest per capita in the state. Although this early period of affluence has passed, several historic Victorian-style homes remain. Pick up the free brochure "Historic Bluff by Bicycle and on Foot" at any business in town. Most of the original homes from the 1880 town-site of Bluff City are part of the Bluff Historic District. In a dozen or so blocks are 42 historic structures, most built between about 1890 and 1905.