Welcome to Monticello
Monticello (mon-ti-sell-o) sits up in the foothills of the Abajo (or Blue) Mountains, and is a bit cooler than other towns in the region. As the seat of San Juan County, it's the place to get information about the far southeast corner of Utah. Here you're midway between Moab (54 miles) and Bluff (47 miles); both have better places to stay but this is the closest town to the Canyonlands' Needles District.
Just west of town, Manti–La Sal National Forest has an alpine environment that's a novelty in the arid canyonlands.