Moki Dugway Dirt Road Switchbacks

The Moki Dugway is a steep switchback system that decends about 1,100 feet in about 3 miles. The top of the switchbacks sit on Cedar Mesa 6,425 and drops down into the Valley of the Gods.

Moki Dugway was constructed by a mining company in the 1950's to transport ore down to Mexican Hat City. It is probably the steepest 3 miles in Utah, but I could be wrong. Some people come to the area just to drive up and down the dugway, as it offers incredible views of Valley of the Gods, The San Juan Mountains, and even part of Monument Valley. Don't forget to take the tour to Muley Point, which is 1,000 feet higher than the view point at the Goosenecks, and from Muley Point you can see much more of the San Juan River and Monument Valley.

From here you can travel to the Valley of the Gods, The Goosenecks of the San Juan, Mexican Hat Rock, and Monument Valley.
An amazing view of Raplee Ridge with it's rare red and white color banding is visible from many of the surrounding areas..

Tuesday, December 25, 2007

Looking west from near the top of the Moki Dugway over the Valley of the Gods.
From here you can see the San Juan Mountains in Colorado on the left.
On the right, you can barely see the Abajo Mountains which sit next to Montecello Utah.

A view of part of the Moki Dugway.
This road is pretty steep and intimidating, but really not that difficult.

Looking southwest over Bell Butte 5351 in the Valley of the Gods
towards the amazingly colorful Raplee Ridge Anticline, AKA the Navajo Tapestry.

Raplee Anticline Ridge

Valley of the Gods and Raplee Ridge

Valley of the Gods and the San Juan Mountains in Colorado.

Looking over the Valley of the Gods toward the
Abajo Mountains and the San Juan Mountains.

Valley of the Gods with the San Juan Mountains in the distance.

Valley of the Gods.


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