Do you know the view that can be admired by visiting Horseshoe Bend? Here multiply it by three, remove some tourists, and you will have an idea of what can await you at Goosenecks State Park. In this article we want to discover together how to visit one of the lesser known places in this area of the United States (we are talking about the state of Utah), but no less spectacular.
- What's to see at Goosenecks State Park?
- How to get to Goosenecks State Park
- A short panoramic itinerary of the area
- Opening hours and prices
- Where to sleep in the area?
- Photo Gallery
What's to see at Goosenecks State Park?
Never as in this case, photographs are more useful than words, thanks to which you can understand the spectacle that awaits you. In fact, once you park your car you will find yourself on a natural terrace from which you can admire what the San Juan River (which now flows placidly 300 meters below you) has managed to do over thousands of years.
You can also enjoy your visit in complete tranquility. In fact, not many people know this real hidden gem and even in high season you will be able to enjoy this show without too much chaos around. In addition to the splendid panorama, the park offers nothing else. It is not possible to descend towards San Juan and there are no trekking routes. However, do not be scared by the lack of activities to do because the view alone is worth the price of admission.
How to get to Goosenecks State Park
If we have managed to intrigue you and now you want to add a stop to your West Coast tour, the advice is to visit it before or after passing by Monument Valley which we can consider as a reference point. Goosenecks Park is in fact located in Utah, in the Indian reservations area, about 30 minutes from Monument Valley and its younger sister, Valley of the Gods, just over ten minutes from Mexican Hat.
If you come from the north-east, once you have passed the town of Bluff and its picturesque Twin Rocks, continue along US-191 to a fork where you will merge onto US-163. After approximately 15 minutes you will see signs for Goosenecks State Park on your right. This is the itinerary that I have personally done and that I recommend especially if you intend to continue towards Monument Valley.
Conversely, if you are coming from the South and have already walked in John Wayne's footsteps, all you have to do is follow US-163 north. Once you pass the San Juan River and the iconic Mexican Hat you will be very close to seeing the signs which this time will be on your left.
A short panoramic itinerary of the area
Another recommended itinerary is to take the opportunity to visit 2 other breathtaking viewpoints: take the 316 and then the 261 (North), a series of hairpin bends will begin that will lead you to the Moki Dugway, Muley Point Overlook, stop to admire the view and then continue for Muley Point (turning left into Mulie Point Road), where you can enjoy another unforgettable view, similar to that of Goosenecks Park. The entire itinerary will take you half an hour to travel, for further information we invite you to read the relevant chapter in the article on the Valley of the Gods.
Opening hours and prices
The prices to visit the park are $ 5 per day per car and $ 10 per night for camping. Keep in mind that beyond the classic toilets without water you will find nothing else. For this reason, be sure to have everything you need with you. The park is accessible 24/24 every day of the year. In the event that a Ranger is not present at your arrival, you are still required to pay the amount by depositing it in an envelope in a special container located near the entrance.
Where to sleep in the area?
If you have a camper, the answer is easy, that is, inside the park itself (if you are looking for some advice on this, here is our guide to renting an RV in the USA). If you are driving, it all depends on where your next destination will be. In principle, the suggestions in our article on where to sleep near Monument Valley remain valid. The closest area to find accommodation is Mexican Hat, of which you will find all the facilities available below:
Accommodation available in Mexican Hat