Goosenecks State Park

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Utah 316, Mexican Hat, UT, USA

Goosenecks State Park Mexican Hat Reviews

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See the Goosenecks Aug 16, 2017
Gooseneck State Park shows one of the most impressive examples of an entrenched river meanders in the World. The San Juan River, which is 1000 feet below the surface where the park is, flows 6 miles (10 km) through these meanders while advancing only 1 mile (1,5 km) west towards Lake Powell. The San Juan River begins in Colorado and continues on to Lake Powell. The meandering pattern of the river began several million years ago when the river flowed alomg a relatively flat plain. As the Colorado Plateau slowly rose the river followed the same pattern but the speed of the river increased forming the cliffs you see today. As the river flows through these canyons it uncovers 310 million years of geological history. The rocks nearest the bottom of the canyon are the upper portion of the Paradox Formation which consists mainly of limestone and a bit of shale and is approximately 310 million years old. The higher portions of rock are the Honaker Trail Formation which is a more even mixture of limestone and shale with a bit of sandstone thrown in. These formations are between 270 million and 300 million years old. The San Juan River continues to carve deeper into the Paradox Formation reveling even older rocks. The interesting, darker rock of a volcanic intrusion jutting from the surface is made of Alhambra Rock. The park has a trail leading along the edge of the canyons, restrooms, and a picnic area. Hours are 24 hours a day. Admission is $5 per vehicle $10 to camp.
Goosenecks of San Juan River
Goosenecks of San Juan River
Goosenecks of San Juan River
Goosenecks of San Juan River
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german_eagle says:
Most impressive, indeed! Almost unbelievable.
Posted on: Jan 04, 2018
pfsmalo says:
Was that a Ranger post or just a box in the middle of the desert. When I went there, admittedly 2003, it was just a dirt road seemingly leading to nowhere, just a turnaround for RV's I suppose at the end.
Posted on: Oct 18, 2017
BASAIC says:
Yes, and when I asked if they had a military discount they rather pointedly said "no".
Posted on: Oct 17, 2017
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