Located in the southeastern corner of Utah, 30 miles northeast of Monument Valley, Gooseneck State Park offers a panoramic view of the San Juan River as it carves its tortuous way through sandstone rock 1,000 feet below.
Geologists call this an entrenched meander- a twisting, turning wandering route, aimlessly going nowhere ; going forward , then reversing its course and going the other way.
In this lazy to and fro manner the San Juan travels 6 miles back and forth while only gaining 2.5 linear miles in its relentless trek to the Colorado River.
Eventually, over thousands of years, it created this magnificent panorama.
The Gooseneck of the San Juan is in a remote area. It offers primitive camping, with no electricity, no water and no dump station.
It does, however, have a small picnic area with four picnic tables, vault toilets and fire pits. You must bring your own firewood.
The park is open year round and there are no entrance fees.
Directions to Park:
From Bluff, Utah:
25 miles west along US 163, west on SR 261, then southwest on SR 316.
From Mexican Hat, Utah:
8 miles northwest along SR 261, then southwest on SR 316.
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There are no hiking or bike trails. Bikes are permitted on public roads only.
Goosenecks State Park can be intensely hot during summer months, and there is no shade.
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