Goosenecks State Park is a state park in the U.S. state of Utah, overlooking a deep meander of the San Juan River. The park is located near the southern border of the state a short distance from Mexican Hat, Utah. Millions of years ago, the Monument Upwarp forced the river to carve incised meanders over 1,000 feet (300 m) deep as the surrounding landscape slowly rose in elevation. Eroded by water, wind, frost, and gravity, this is a classic location for observing incised meanders.Make your Blanding itinerary with Klarna Trips to find out what to see and where to go.
Goosenecks State Park is largely undeveloped. Primitive campsites with picnic tables are scattered back from the edge of the cliff, and vault toilets are available. Campers are advised to bring their own water, food, and other necessary gear.
The park received International Dark Sky Park designation by The International Dark-Sky Association in March, 2021. Night photography and stargazing are popular activities because there is little light pollution due to its remoteness.
There are no developed hiking trails in the park, but the Honaker Trail, a few miles to the northwest, provides access to the San Juan River.
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Goosenecks State Park reviews
Staying in Monument Valley for three days we ventured north 35 miles on US-163 to check out Goosenecks State Park based on what we read researching the area around MV. It's not far once you turn off..... more
Staying in Monument Valley for three days we ventured north 35 miles on US-163 to check out Goosenecks State Park based on what we read researching the area around MV. It's not far once you turn off..... more »
Do not pass up this chance to see a unique geological feature ... Well worth the $5 and the time to get there
Do not pass up this chance to see a unique geological feature ... Well worth the $5 and the time to get there more »
We went to this state park on our way to monument valley, nice view of the Colorado river, we even saw 2 raft way below , $5 the entrance worth it.
We went to this state park on our way to monument valley, nice view of the Colorado river, we even saw 2 raft way below , $5 the entrance worth it. more »
We got to Goosenecks State Park just before sunset to catch it going down over the horizon. There was almost no one there and it felt like we were shooting on another planet. The canyons are beautiful and the way the sun sets on the ridges is absolutely mesmerizing. I do wish we would have had more time to explore the park but if nothing else I would say this was one of the most beautiful sunsets I have seen during my time in Utah. It truly is breathtaking and peaceful there!
Wonderful place to Boondock for a couple of days! The staff at the gate were very friendly and happy to see you there! Thank You! The views of the canyon/Goosenecks were fabulous! I'd never seen anything like it. We were able to park near the rim and what views we had!!! The sunsets were magnificent and the "stars" were abundantly brilliant to see! You gotta stop in if you're in the area, day or night, it is a site to see.
Very small state park, which is $5.00 to enter and $10.00 to camp. We stay the night close to the edge and it was beautiful. This over looks the San Juan River, but what you see is what you get. This is all there is to the park with no service or running water so just come prepared to enjoy a night taking in spectacular views of this beautiful landscape. It's real close to Valley of the God's and the Moki Dugway.
No frills park. Good for primitive or boondocking camping. Pay when you enter, the automated credit card matching was not working when we arrived and no staff were present so paper money honor policy. Apparently had some of the darkest skies for stargazers so moonless nights are probably fantastic. We were there for sunset and you can see some of the features from monument valley on the horizon. The goose necks are amazing when you consider how many millennia it took to create this wonder and how many levels of strata are present in it's many layers. It does have no flush toilets and where we were there they were spotless and well stocked.
Goosenecks is a spectacular masterpiece of Nature, one of the highlights of Utah and the whole United States. There is a small entry fee of 5 $, which offers plenty of parking space, a picnic area and clean toilets. To reach the park, take UT-261 at the crossing with US-163, then turn left on UT-316 until the end of the road. All the route is paved and easily accessible with any type of car. Definitively recommended to visit! You can see 3 consecutive bends of the San Juan river in its canyon! Fantastic!
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