Founded in 1887 by ranchers and farmers, Monticello sits on the eastern slope of the Abajo Mountains at the edge of Utah's canyon country and Manti-Sal National Forest. Monticello is also a starting point for the Trail of the Ancients National Scenic Byway which forms a 480 mile trip between Utah and Colorado. With 12 national parks and monuments surrounding Monticello, it boasts to be a small community with a big playground.
The Frontier Museum is the welcome center for Monticello. The museum offers a glimpse of life as it was lived on the edge of the Great Sage Plain in the last century. Exhibits include early telephones, minerals from the area, and early 20th Century clothing among other items. The barn was an original storage facility for the L.H. Redd Mercantile Company which was sheathed on the outside leaving the original post and beam structure visible on the inside.
The Frontier Museum is also home to the Big 4 Tractor. It was built in 1912 by Emerson-Brantingham, manufacturer of farming and road building equipment. After years out of service and exposed to the elements, the Big 4 Tractor underwent 4 years of restoration (2005-2009) before it was operational again.
Latigo Wind Farm
The Latigo Wind Farm consists of 27 massive wind turbines. Each turbine is 250 feet tall with the blades extending 350 feet in diameter. When aligned vertically, the tower and blade configuration will rise almost 450 feet above the ground. The 27 turbines will generate about 62 megawatts of power, enough electricity to run about 10,000 homes.