Muley Point on Cedar Mesa

Bears Ears National Monument

Colorado Plateau, Utah

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Muley Point on Cedar Mesa

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  • View of Muley Point from the top of the Mokey Dugway.- Muley Point on Cedar Mesa
  • Highway 261 looking north to the Bears Ears.- Muley Point on Cedar Mesa
  • Don't take your eyes off the road!- Muley Point on Cedar Mesa
  • View to the east from Mokey Dugway overlook.- Muley Point on Cedar Mesa
  • View looking south at Highway 261 and the Valley of the Gods below.- Muley Point on Cedar Mesa
  • Muley Point on the left and the other described view point in the center.- Muley Point on Cedar Mesa
  • Looking east from Muley Point with the goosenecks of the San Juan River below.- Muley Point on Cedar Mesa
  • Closeup of the San Juan goosenecks.- Muley Point on Cedar Mesa
  • Monument Valley in Arizona seen in the distance.- Muley Point on Cedar Mesa
  • Looking west toward Lake Powell.- Muley Point on Cedar Mesa
  • The San Juan River as it flows to Lake Powell.- Muley Point on Cedar Mesa
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Pros: 
Jaw-dropping views. Many nearby sites to visit.
Cons: 
Remote location.
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Region:
Colorado Plateau, UT
Congestion: 
Moderate
Pets allowed: 
Yes
Parking Pass: 
Not Required
Preferable Season(s):
Winter, Spring, Summer, Fall
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Cedar Mesa is a million-acre table of land that sits sits at about 6,000 feet of elevation in southeastern Utah. The landscape here holds breathtaking scenery, and visitors can discover many traces of the ancient Puebloan people who lived here until about 750 years ago. Muley Point is on the very south edge of Cedar Mesa, and it overlooks the Valley of the Gods and Arizona's Monument Valley in the distance. When visiting any of the other excellent destinations in the area such as Natural Bridges National Monument (25 miles away) or Road Canyon (12 miles away), the mostly paved drive to Muley Point is worth the effort (note that the last 5 miles is a good gravel road).

After reaching the end of the paved road and a partial vista to the south, continue down the steep gravel road for about a quarter of a mile to the large turnout and marvelous viewpoint. This unpaved road, the Mokey Dugway, was built in the 1950s for the use of the local uranium mines, and it drops 1,000 feet in just 3 miles of sharp switchbacks to reach the plain below. The route is definitely not for RVs or trailers! To reach Muley Point, head back up the dirt road to the pavement and take an immediate left on the dirt road to Muley Point. There is a viewpoint at 3.7 miles and another at 5 miles. Both of these give different views of the goosenecks of the San Juan River and Monument Valley down below.

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