I first heard of Muley Point a few months after I started working in this office. My boss had asked me to translate a Japanese powerpoint presentation that had been given to him by the Japanese Market Representative for the state of Utah. The presentation was being used to inform Japanese tour companies of all the things there are to do in San Juan County, UT.
The presentation went through all the well known sites- Monument Valley, Canyonlands, Natural Bridges, Hovenweep, Goosenecks etc., but it also hit on some much lesser known attractions like Muley Point and Forrest Gump Hill. This is how I learned about both of these places.
Muley Point is a viewpoint that’s located at the top of the Moki Dugway on Hwy. 261. If you haven’t heard of the Moki Dugway, it’s a 3 mile stretch of unpaved switchbacks that drops (or climbs, depending on which direction you’re headed) about 1,200 feet from Cedar Mesa to the valley floor. If you want to read more about it, here’s a LINK to the blog entry I did on it last year.
After reaching the top of the Moki Dugway, just where the unpaved/paved sections of the road meet, you will see a road heading off to the west- (on your left if you’ve just climbed the Moki Dugway, on your right if you’re about to go down it ) this is the road that leads to Muley Point. I can’t remember if there is a sign indicating that this is the road to Muley Point, but it’s the only road in this area, so you really can’t miss it. This 5 mile road is unpaved, but it’s in pretty good condition as far as roads go around here! Any kind of passenger vehicle should be able to make it as long as you’re careful and you take it slow. *I would NOT recommend trying to drive on this road if it’s raining- the road is mostly just dirt, so you may run into problems in wet conditions.
On a clear day, the view from Muley Point is AMAZING! Actually, on any day the view is amazing, but on a clear day it will take your breath away… especially if you have a fear of heights- it’s a LONG way down from the viewpoint!
From Muley Point you can see Monument Valley and, although I don’t think you can see the river itself, you can see the deep, entrenched canyons of the San Juan River, just about 5 miles downstream from the overlook at Goosenecks State Park.
Muley Point is also a popular place for dispersed camping. As you’re driving in before you reach the parking area, you’ll see several roads forking off to the left- drive down any of these and you’ll find a secluded area perfect for a campsite with a great view!
Muley Point is another of our ‘go-to’ places that we like to take our friends and family when they visit. I don’t think we’ve ever taken anyone there who wasn’t completely blown away by the view!
*One thing to keep in mind when visiting is that this is a very primitive viewpoint- there are no railings of any kind at Muley Point. Please use extra caution when visiting with children and pets.
Distance from the Muley Point to lodging in San Juan County, Utah:
- Mexican Hat: 19 miles/31 km
- Bluff: 37 miles/60 km
- Monument Valley: 43 miles/69 km
- Blanding: 63 miles/ 101 km
- Monticello: 84 miles/135 km
- La Sal: 124 miles/ 200 km
For more information or to request travel brochures, please call Utah’s Canyon Country at: 800-574-4386
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