Saturday, September 24, 2011

Goosenecks, A Mexican Hat, and More!

One of my favorite boondocking spots is at Goosenecks State Park in the SE corner of Utah. The view on one side of the rig looks pretty bland.


But look out of the window on the other side and this is what you see! The Goosenecks of the San Juan River.


Can you see us parked on the rim? We're about 1,000 feet above the river.


I'll zoom in.


You are so close to the Goosenecks that it is impossible to get them in one picture. This is 3 pictures stitched together.



Or you can do a movie clip.


Nearby is the tiny town of Mexican Hat. Wonder how it got its name... People actually climb to the top, but I can't see how.


Also near Mexican Hat are these interestingly-colored hills.


But we aren't done yet! Nearby is the Valley of the Gods.


A great scenic 17-mile drive through rock formations, a lot of which have been named. There's a chicken, a rooster, and a lady in a bathtub, among others. No gods that I saw.


The last thing on this part of the tour, is the Moki Dugway, a series of sharp switchbacks on Hwy 261 carved into the face of Cedar Mesa. The 1100 foot rise is not for larger RVs. This was a side trip for me - I'm headed south to Monument Valley.

25 comments:

Donna K said...

WOW - amazing scenery. I got a little queasy looking at those goosenecks!!

Margie and Roger said...

What beautiful scenery - what a great place to make a long stop. Love the goosenecks. Monument Valley is one of our favorite places.

Briana said...

Great job stitching those 3 pics together-WHAT A VIEW!

Judy and Emma said...

Say hello to the spirit of John Wayne for me, pilgrim, when you get to Monument Valley. :)

Wandrin said...

Great photo captures of the rock beauty of the Four Corners -- my favorite part of the world.

Paul and Marti Dahl said...

I got dizzy just looking at that picture of the road winding up the mountain.

Nice stichting picture! Amazing what technology can do.

Jim and Sandie said...

The weather was so lousy when we were there that we didn't get to see the Gods or the Hat or the Gooseneck. But I sure do want to go back again. Great pictures.

Carol and Johnny said...

More to add to the list of places to visit. Thanks for the great pictures!

longdog2 said...

Amazing pictures. Just exactly how close to the edge were you? Just thinking about a gust of wind and a really long drop.

JerryC said...

Absolutely love that part of the Country. Thanks for taking me there again.

Happytrails said...

What awesome views!! Definitely on our "to see" list for quite some time....we must get there soon and check it out.
Thanks for sharing!!

Mike Goad said...

Very nice. We're currently in Moab and were thinking of Goosenecks as our next stop on our way south.

Jerry and Deb said...

We love this area and you did an awesome job showing it off!!! We have not made it to GSP, but man MV sure has changed. Fully enjoy visiting your site, being a follower, and even sharing it with others. Thank you for keeping us posted on new places to visit. Our adventures will start Friday!!! :)

Jim and Gayle said...

Have you been to Muley Point at the top of the Moki Dugway? We boondocked there, even better than Goosenecks. You can get there without driving on the Dugway but it's a 4 mile dirt road to the point.

http://littleadventures-jg.blogspot.com/search?q=Muley+Point%2C+Utah

Dave said...

Fantastic scenery, looking forward to seeing Monument Valley.

Barbara and Ron said...

Love the stitched picture, but you do look a little close to the edge. Yikes!

E Squared and Mui said...

What a great place. Great job with the stitch; it really shows off the beauty of the scenery.

FULL-TIMERS...OCT. 17, 2009 said...

That place is beautiful! We hope to visit there next fall. Great pictures.

Sharon Del Rosario said...

We want to visit that area next fall, so I'm taking notes on all the places you're going. This one's going on my list - thanks for the tour!

Chuck and Anneke's RV travels said...

What a great place to boondock. It must be hard to leave.

Luci & Loree said...

Beautiful, beautiful pictures!!!

Nancy said...

Definitely going on my list of places to visit. Great pictures. Looking forward to seeing Monument Valley on your next post.

Sherry and Charley Dilworth said...

Amazing pictures and videos!! We are planning to travel to this part of our beautiful country next April and cannot wait to see it all!!

Anonymous said...

Wow, what an interesting place. Thank you for taking us on this little journey with you. Thoroughly enjoy your blog and have it bookmarked for future reference.
Bev in Halifax NS

Rustedgranny said...

Were you really as ...gulp...close to the edge as it looks?
Another spot to visit on my list. I do not think I will ever catch up.