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Goosenecks Viewpoint Trail is a 1.9 mile moderately trafficked out and back trail located near Mexican Hat, Utah that features a river and is good for all skill levels. The trail is primarily used for walking, camping, and nature trips and is accessible year-round. Dogs are also able to use this trail but must be kept on leash.

Length 1.9 mi Elevation gain 150 ft Route type Out & Back

Dogs on leash

Wheelchair friendly

Kid friendly

Stroller friendly

Camping

Nature trips

Walking

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Getting There

The San Juan River makes a series of tight turns - goosenecks - below this viewpoint. The river has carved a deep canyon here, dropping about 1,000 feet below the viewpoint. Geologists say this erosion has uncovered a rock record exposing some 300 million years of time. The state park offers spectacular views of the goosenecks, officially known as an entrenched meander. Over a distance of one and a half miles, the San Juan River flows for more than six miles through the

Paved road to scenic viewpoint Observation shelter Primitive campground Picnic area Primitive camping is available. Sites cannot be reserved and fees are not charged. The campground offers fire pits and vault toilets. No other services are available. No water. No electricity. No dump station.

Goosenecks State Park, P.O. Box 788, Blanding, Utah 84511-0788. PH. (435) 678-2238 Utah's Canyon Country Travel Council at 800-574-4386

Located in SE Utah along US 163, about 25 miles west of the town of Bluff. Approximately 349 miles southeast of Salt Lake City.

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Samuel Sundstrom
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Scenic driving

For only 5 dollars admission this is a good place to stop. The goosenecks themselves are pretty cool and unique. Similar to 2 horseshoe bends. I just imagine they aren’t as popular because it’s more of a grey rock and you can’t see the river all the way around the bend. 30 mph winds when I went were crazy. But I Definitely recommend checking it out. Went June 13. 2020

Merrie Walker
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Hiking

This is beautiful and very geologically interesting. There is camping along the rim. The road leading to the overlook is paved and as long as there aren’t many cars in the lot, you can easily turn even a large RV around. There is an entry fee but the booth was closed 5/2020. There is a restroom and small entry from the overlook to lower levels of views. Requires some rock climbing but our two year old grandson completed it with some assistance. If you are experienced, you could probably hike all the way down to the river! Definite must to stop on a road trip.

Clisby White
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Great view for such a short distance. It's like a double horseshoe bend.

Michael Brown
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Hiking

Easy trail for a quick hike or jog... we nearly had the park to ourselves and got to explore before sunset. Wished we snapped a picture on the lookout pavilion prior to sunset—but still breathtaking under the moon.

Katie Buchalski
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Hiking

The views were really pretty, but this isn’t a hike, you’re just walking along the road :/

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Joe Macdonald
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Running

Do not try with wheelchairs or for people extremely afraid of heights or cliffs. There is a road you could drive out with a SUV or truck. For hiking, jogging, it was beautiful!!!

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Michelle Dykstra
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Hiking

Road to Goosenecks closed at Panorama Point as of 01/05/20. Unable to get to the trail unless you want to hike the road in too.

Michele Brown
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Scenic drivingNo shade

Drive in to overlook. Amazing view. Expect to spend a half hour if you’re a photo geek!

Valerie Allen
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HikingNo shade

nice view

Will Scheving
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HikingNo shade

The best view is before the trail even starts.

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Ian Armstrong
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Stewart Carnes
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Hiking

Wonderful geological phenomenon. The best view is at the start point. There's a dirt road that's 20-30 yards from the rim and parallels it to it's end/trail end. Or you can walk along the rim weaving around the sage brush. The views of the area are amazing.

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Margaret W.
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Camped overnight on the rim- breathtaking scenery.

J B
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Hiking

This is for the trail only. it cost $5 to see the view. We added a lunch break and then decided too just camp there for the night (another $5). Glad we did. Sunset and sunrise were the best we've seen on the trip. Over all I would give it, including the campground, 5 stars. We would have stayed the night before we viewed monument valley and return that night.

Rebecca Lane
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Walking

Was a quick stop on a long road trip and was well worth it.

Kelly Sturges
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Great views. Easy hike.

Classified Noneoffyourbusiness
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HikingGreat!No shade
Heidi Ruster
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Hiking

Awesome-views both on top and below!!

S. Baker
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Walking

Incredible experience to walk right up to the edge of the canyon. If you head towards Natural Bridge National Park you can drive up to Muley Point Overlook which makes the view even better.

Breck Tuttle
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Scenic driving

Even though it's been a long I still remember being impressed with the view

Jack Tatsch
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Scenic driving

A short paved road (Hwy 316) takes you to Goosenecks State Park. Amazing view!

James Thompson
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OHV/Off Road Driving

I've done this Jeep ride a few time with my sons Ron and Bob. Like a miniture Grand Canyon, worth the ride.

Eric Conner
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Scenic driving

The view of the goosenecks on the San Juan River are totes worth the drive and camping out under the stars out there are pretty amazing.

Emily Kister
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maria dhami
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Gary Hirschkron
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Derek Bierd
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Michael Brown
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Brook Jensen
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