LIKE NOTHING YOU HAVE EVER SEEN BEFORE
Is a huge, jagged monocline, curving for 80 miles across the center of the Colorado Plateau, from Northern Arizona to the foothills of the Abajo Mountains near Blanding.
BEARS EARS NATIONAL MONUMENT:
A pair of towering buttes stand against beautiful scenery. The twin buttes are so distinctive that in each of the native languages of the region their name is the same: Shash Jáa,
1.9 million acres, and flora varies from arid shrubbery at lower elevations to conifer, mountain snowberry, and sagebrush higher up. It is also home to more than 100,000 archaeological sites, and is considered among the country’s most important indigenous cultural areas. This areas is for adventurers with a love of solitude, archaeology and geographic beauty, This area has it all.
While still a part of Glen Canyon National Recreation Area, Muley Point has a unique perspective on the far corner of the San Juan Arm. Here you can enjoy unrivaled views of Monument Valley, Navajo Mountain, and the deeply entrenched canyons of the San Juan River.
The Moki Dugway is literally carved from the cliff face and talus slope on the edge of Cedar Mesa. the Dugway reveals sweeping views of Valley of the Gods, stripes of color in the rocks of the San Juan River Canyon known as the Navajo Tapestry, and distant Monument Valley.
GOOSENECKS STATE PARK: ($5 per vehicle)
On the edge of a deep canyon above the sinuous river meander known as a gooseneck, this small park affords impressive views of one of the most striking examples of an entrenched river meander on the North American continent.
VALLEY OF THE GODS:
A 17-mile dirt and gravel road winds through the valley. It is sandy and bumpy, with steep sections. It provides a fun drive through an area that is usually deserted. It is a great place to get away from civilization - to get away from everything associated with modern life.
GETTING THERE FROM BLANDING:
Starting in Blanding you'll head west on Highway 95, winding through Comb Wash and right through the heart of Bears Ears National Monument Shash Jaa Unit. Later on you'll turn down UT-261, and drive across Cedar Mesa and Grand Gulch. At the edge of Ut-261 you have two of the best scenic overlooks Utah has to offer. Muley Point is a few miles down a well maintained dirt/gravel county road that leads to a stunning overlook of Monument Valley & San Juan River/Goosenecks. After Muley, head back and head down one of the funnest roads in America, Moki Dugway. It consists of 3 miles of unpaved, but well graded switchbacks, which wind 1,200 feet from Cedar Mesa to the valley floor near Valley of the Gods. Moki Dugway is one of the most extreme drives in the Western US. It was constructed by a mining company back in the 50s as a shortcut for transporting uranium. Later, the state of Utah took over this section of the highway and named it Route 261. At the bottom of Moki Dugway travelers can continue to Goosenecks State Park, and head back towards Blanding through Valley of the Gods. Lastly stop in at Sand Island, and Bluff Fort in Bluff Utah to wrap your day up!
This trip is one of the most eye opening experiences you'll have in Utah. Utah's southern edge is home to some of the most majestic scenery on the planet, don't believe it? Take this trip that winds through Highway 95 and connects to UT-261 and US-163.
STAY & PLAY
Be sure to plan your meals and water supplies ahead of time. There might be a few small gas station along the way but you wont find many, if any, food options along this route.
FOOD & WATER
Be sure to plan your meals and water supplies ahead of time. There might be a few small gas station along the way but you wont find many food options along this route.
GAS & SUPPLIES
Same goes for fuel, hiking and camping supplies. Gear up now so you don't find yourself without the basic supplies and necessities. We wouldn't want a perfect day to go waste!
Well maintained pathways and trails are on the agenda for today's travels! Very Easy
DISTANCE ROUND TRIP:
You will be on dirt roads for Muley Point, Moki Dugway and Valley of the Gods. Crossovers, SUV & Trucks are ideal.
130 Mile Round Trip
MAP & PLAN
Cell phone service is often limited on these far off adventures. Make sure to download or map your travel and hiking plans before you go out.