Pets allowed
Allowed with Restrictions
Guided tours
No
Backcountry camping
No
Lodging
No
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Goosenecks State Park is located near Mexican Hat, Utah along the San Juan River. The park offers stunning vistas of the San Juan Goosenecks. What is a gooseneck you ask? According to the Utah Geological Survey, “goosenecks” is a term used for “sinuous canyons and valleys that resemble the curved neck of a goose.” Aside from the stellar river views, Goosenecks State Park doesn’t offer many amenities and is essentially just a large overlook.

The viewpoint from the state park rests about 1,000 feet above the San Juan River. The goosenecks here are considered by geologists to be one of the finest examples of “entrenched meanders” anywhere. Several million years ago the San Juan would have meandered across the landscape which was then a flat plain. The Colorado Plateau was then slowly uplifted and the San Juan became entrenched, cutting down and following its original pattern.

The entrance fee to Goosenecks State Park is $5. A small picnic area and vault toilet are available, as well as a handful of campsites.

Logistics + Planning

Preferable season(s)

Spring
Fall

Congestion

Moderate

Parking Pass

$5.00

Open Year-round

Yes

Pros

Great views of the San Juan River “Goosenecks.”

Cons

Small state park with few amenities.

Features

Vault toilet
Family friendly
Geologically significant
Big vistas
Picnic tables
Near lake or river
Covered picnic areas

Location

Nearby Lodging + Camping

Monument Valley, Navajo Tribal Park

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