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Goosenecks State Park

State Park
Goosenecks of the San Juan River. – Dave Manley, 2010

ADA Accessibility Notes

Limited. Rough rocky natural surface. Parking lot is paved.

Gaze at the results of 300 million years of time, where the San Juan River winds its way through the desert 1,000 feet below. Goosenecks State Park offers spectacular views of this rare geologic formation, known as an entrenched meander; the largest such meander in North America. Over a distance of one and a half miles, the San Juan flows for more than six miles through the twists of the entrenched meander. Goosenecks State Park offers a picnic area, primitive camping, vault toilets, and an observation shelter. You'll love the views for photography and the expansive night sky for stargazing. Please note: No drinking water is available. No trails; no river access, no RV hookups or electricity. This is a primitive area. Camping is first come first served. No ranger on duty.

To find the park go north 5 miles on Hwy 163 from Mexican Hat, Utah. Turn left (west) onUtah Highway 261 at the sign and go 2 miles, turn left again on Utah Highway 316 and follow road to the canyon edge.

Pet Friendly Notes

Pets are not restricted but pet owners should be aware of the strenuous nature of hiking in the area and act appropriately with pets. Water is not always available, neither is shade.

Pets are allowed but visitors are asked to clean up after them in order to insure a positive experience for those following them. 100+ degrees Farenheit in summer months and ice falls and below freezing temperatures in the winter plus precipitous cliffs preclude safely allowing pets to run free. Care is recommended if traveling with pets. Carry enough water for your pet at all time during the year. Please do not leave animals unattended in your car.

Recreational Opportunities

Camping, photography, hiking along canyon rim, picnicking. Camping is recommended for self contained vehicles. It tends to be windy on the point and tents or open air camping might be uncomfortable.


Seasons Accessible

The park is open all year but winter storms may make the access road slippery. Be sure to check local weather during winter months before traveling to the park.



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