Utah: The Moki Dugway

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We found the Moki Dugway completely by accident, and let me tell you, it was one of the best surprises of our trip through Southern Utah.  

Everyone knows Monument Valley, but few realize that there are many stunning attractions nearby, including the Goosenecks and Valley of the Gods.  We had just visited both and decided to take Route 261 from Mexican Hat, east of Monument Valley, to Natural Bridges National Monument.  We had no idea you had to go via the Moki Dugway.  Route 261 runs 34 miles, connecting Route 163 just north of Mexican Hat to SR 95 just east of Natural Bridges.  

The Dugway is a three-mile stretch of switchbacks that ascends 1200 feet from the valley floor to the mesa above.  It’s a well maintained gravel road that sits in the side of the mesa wall.  Originally constructed in 1958 to haul ore, the speed limit is 5 mph and the road has a 10% grade.  In this shot, you can see the switchbacks on the lower right and the valley floor below.  

 

When you get to the top, the view is absolutely breathtaking.  You can see Route 261 below just right of center and Valley of the Gods to the left.  

4 Shot Panorama

Allow extra time not just for the slow drive, but also to stop and take in the view.

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