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Goosenecks State Park

 

Goosenecks State Park

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. The San Juan River twists and turns through the meander, flowing a distance of over six miles while advancing one and half miles west on its way to Lake Powell. Gaze at the results of 300 million years of geological activity, where the San Juan River winds and carves its way through the desert 1,000 feet below.

Millions of years ago, the land here was relatively flat, and the river meandered on its course. Then a period of uplift occurred on the Colorado Plateau. As the land rose, the river flowed faster while still following its meandering course. The river cut into the land, eventually creating the impressive entrenched meanders seen at Goosenecks State Park today. Eroded by water, wind, frost, and gravity, this is truly a magnificent viewpoint.

The headwaters of the San Juan River are in the San Juan Mountains of southwestern Colorado, which is the origin of 90 percent of the river’s flow. The San Juan flows 360 miles from its source to the Colorado River, starting at an elevation of 14,000 feet and dropping to 3,600 feet at Lake Powell. The river is named for San Juan Bautista, Spanish for St. John the Baptist. Ancestors of today’s Pueblo people lived in canyon tributaries of the San Juan, leaving behind images on stone, storage structures, and remnants of small masonry communities.

At Goosenecks, the views extend for miles. Alhambra Rock is the dark volcanic intrusion that looms on the horizon, beyond Mexican Hat. The buttes and spires of Monument Valley lie to the southwest.

Sightseeing, photography, star gazing, hiking at nearby Honaker Trail, pet-friendly, picnicking, and camping. Please note: There are no hiking or bike trails within the Park. Bikes are permitted on public roads only. Goosenecks State Park can be intensely hot during summer months, and there is no shade.

 

 

Admission & Hours

 

 Open year-round, no closures

Entrance Fees

$5 per car
$2 per person, commercial tour bus or tour group
$10 per night for camping

 

Getting There:

Driving Directions

25 miles west of Bluff along US 163, west on SR 261, then southwest on SR 316

 

Maps:

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Facilities

Goosenecks State Park offers picnic areas, primitive camping, vault toilets, and an observation shelter.

Location Contact Information:

Goosenecks State Park
c/o Edge of the Cedars State Park Museum
660 West 400 North
Blanding, UT 84511
(435) 678-2238

Nearest City or Town:

 Mexican Hat Utah

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