Thursday, July 22, 2010

Moki Dugway

Just south of Natural Bridges along remote Utah State Route 261 is the Moki Dugway - a steep, switchback laden dirt road. Offering an unforgettable sense of remote danger and awesome views of the Valley of Gods below, the road is not for the faint of heart or for those terrified of heights.

The road itself was built back in the 1950's to accommodate transportation of raw materials to a processing plant located in Mexican Hat, Utah. The twist and turns of the road are quite steep and need to be taken slowly. We only encountered only one other car during our decent - another small group of tourists pulled over taking pictures of the vast butte covered landscape of southern Utah.

Anyone traveling the Grand Circle tour should take this less traveled route because of its proximity to Valley of the Gods, Monument Valley, Natural Bridges amongst others. If you go, don't forget your camera and your sense of adventure!

1 comment:

  1. My husband and I took a trip to the Four Corners area about 5 years ago... we got to the Moki Dugway in the late afternoon as the sun was setting. We kept wanting to stop and gaze in awe at the beauty of the light and long shadows of the buttes, but also wanted to make it to Mexican Hat before dark. Very beautiful scenery out there!

    (Found your blog while researching RMNP on Trip Advisor.)