Solitude and incomparable views of the San Juan River Canyon, the "Goosenecks", and Monument Valley.

Muley Point on the southern end of the Cedar Mesa is one of the finest camping (and car camping) sites in North America, towering some 2400' above the San Juan River Canyon (and The Goosenecks State Park) looking south directly into the northern mouth of Monument Valley. It is a breathtakingly beautiful place and easily missed.

To get there from the South, take Highway 163 north from Mexican Hat a few miles and then go left on State Road 261, following the signs for Goosenecks State Park. Instead of turning left into Goosenecks, continue straight until the road winds up the incredible Moki Dugway to the top of Cedar Mesa. At the top of the Mesa go left on the marked, dirt Muley Point Road. It will eventually reach the edge of the Mesa with numerous pull-offs and campsites available. After a rain the road can be muddy and rutty

From the North and the Natural Bridges Natural Monument area, take State Road 95 either towards Natural Bridges if you're coming from the East, or away from Natural Bridges if you're coming from the West, till it inserts with State Road 261 directly south and below Bears Ears. Follow the State Road until it meets Muley Point Road. Go straight instead of left down the Moki Dugway.

Note that in the summer Muley Point, like all of Utah, is very hot during the day. 

Pack List

  • Water
  • Waste Cleanup Materials (no facilities)
  • Food
  • Season-appropriate attire
  • Season-appropriate camping gear
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RT Distance 0.25 Miles
Activities Cycling, Chillin, Camping, Photography, Mountain Biking, Hiking, Rock Climbing
Skill Level Beginner
Season Year Round
Trail Type Out-and-Back
Features
Dog Friendly
Easy Parking
Family Friendly
Groups
River
Romantic
Scenic
Wildflowers
Wildlife

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Amazing vista

One of the worst most washboarded roads I've ever driven on to get there, but totally worth it! Incredibly epic views of the goosenecks and monument valley in the distance. Didn't camp, but there looked to be lots of great options. One of the most beautiful parts of the country, in my opinion. Be sure to hit up Valley of the Gods if you are in the area -- I opted to camp there, between these two. Both places are sparsely visited and incredibly beautiful.

Gorgeous

really cool lookout and a great place to spend some time exploring and camping. views are great as you can see a long ways. i was visited by a ranger who asked some simple questions, because it is beginning to see a lot of traffic and they are keeping an eye on it, so make sure to be respectful and practice leave no trace.


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