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Gooseneck State Park - Utah

Updated: Sep 9

Gooseneck 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 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.


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.

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.


We visited this state park because we were in the area touring all of the national parks in Utah. The view is incredible but unless you are in the area, this may not be the ideal park for hiking and camping.


Things to Do and See:


The panoramic view of the Gooseneck River overlook


Hike the Honaker Trail down to the San Juan River


Tips:


Campers are advised to bring their own water, food, and other necessary gear. The focus here is water, water, and food.


Contact Information:

Edge of the Cedars State Park Museum 660 W 400 N

Blanding, UT 84511


Phone (435) 678-2238


Website: https://stateparks.utah.gov/parks/goosenecks/



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