Moki Dugway

Moki Dugway

We did the Moki Dugway a few years ago and what a great drive is was. This road is definitely not for the faint of heart, but well worth going out of your ways to experience it. The views from the top are fantastic. 

Moki DugwayThe Moki Dugway is located on Utah Route 261 just north of Mexican Hat, UT. It is a staggering, three miles of unpaved, but well graded, switchback road carved into the face of the cliff edge of Cedar Mesa.   It climbs approximately 1,200 feet from the valley floor just past Valley of the Gods, up to Cedar Mesa. (11% grade)

Moki Dugway

Driving Moki Dugway

The Moki Dugway was constructed in 1958 by Texas Zinc, a mining company, to transport uranium ore from the “Happy Jack” mine in Fry Canyon to the processing mill in Mexican Hat. The State Road Commission added SR-261 to the state highway system in 1957. The State of Utah recommends that only vehicles less than 28 feet in length and 10,000 pounds in weight attempt to negotiate this steep (11% grade), narrow and winding road.

Moki Dugway

Moki Dugway

This route provides breathtaking views of some of Utah’s most beautiful sites.  Scenic views of Valley of the Gods and distant Monument valley open at every turn of the dugway. Most passenger vehicles will have absolutely no problem on this road and it is wide enough for two lane traffic.  

There’s a parking area near the top where you can stop and take in some stunning views of Valley of the Gods, Monument Valley, the Sleeping Ute in Colorado, & Shiprock in New Mexico.

We never felt that the road was unsafe – we took it slow and Dick (the driver) kept his eyes on the road. There are a few places to safely pull over, stop the car, and enjoy the scenery. The road was fairly smooth and there were no ruts or washboard bumps. 

Take your time and drive all the way up for great views.  

Muley Point

When you get to the top, turn left at the first road and drive out to Muley Point. Muley Point is a remote cliff and scenic overlook at the edge of Cedar Mesa that provides panoramic vistas of the desert landscape of southern Utah and northern Arizona.

Muley Point provides viewers with a panorama of the Goosenecks of the San Juan River. You can also see the vast, sweeping valleys of the desert valley below.  Don’t miss these views.

How to Get There

From Mexican Hat, Utah turn north on UT-261. The Moki Dugway is located on UT-261, just northwest of Valley of the Gods. 

 

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4 Responses to Moki Dugway

  1. David Kotok May 5, 2017 at 6:14 am #

    Beautiful!! Melinda, the photo of you at Muley Point looks like a 30 yr old trail runner.

  2. Melinda Stanfield May 5, 2017 at 7:10 am #

    Thank you! I certainly was in better shape than I am now, but trail runner…. I don’t think so. 🙂

  3. Rand Hill May 5, 2017 at 2:43 pm #

    Stunning shots! You and Dick look extremely happy! Your posts are inspiration to hit the (back)roads.

  4. Melinda Stanfield May 5, 2017 at 3:04 pm #

    We are happy! The back roads are the only way to go as far as we are concerned. There is so much to see and enjoy off the beaten highway.

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