|San Juan River at Goosenecks State Park, Utah|
But today----I'm featuring another beautiful state park which we visited on our Utah/Arizona trip in September. This park is named Goosenecks State Park --and it is located off of Highway 163 between the towns of Bluff and Mexican Hat, Utah. It is north of Monument Valley, Arizona.
From the edges of the cliffs at this state park, we could see 1000 feet down into the canyon below. The SAN JUAN RIVER meanders back and forth as it makes its way through the canyons.... While looking down at the meandering river, I was reminded that it took 300 million years for the river to carve its way through all of these structures... AMAZING.....
Another interesting statistic about that river below: The river flowed over 6 miles in that area yet it only advanced 1.5 miles!!!!! (Sounds like some of my hikes!!! ha ha )
From our viewpoint --we could see 3 parts of the San Juan River as it works its way through the canyon...... The picture at the top shows a wide angle view of all three parts of that river from the overlook. Below are some closer shots of each of the three different views. As you look at that photo, I will call the part of the river on the right as Part I, the middle part as Part II, and the part to the left as Part III... Hope you enjoy these pictures today.
|1000 feet below, this is Part I of the San Juan River;|
|A close up showing the geological structures around the river; (This is Part II--the middle part)|
|Part I and II of the San Juan River as it worked its way around those canyons;|
|I took this picture of George at the rim of Goosenecks State Park.|
|Part III (on the left) of the San Juan River (as I walked farther around the rim)|
|From another area on the rim, I took this picture showing both Part III (left) and Part II of the San Juan River.|
|George took this picture of me at the rim of Goosenecks State Park, Utah.|
|Look at this picture carefully and see if you can tell what it looks like!!!!! (I'll explain it at the end of this post.)|
|Us at Goosenecks State Park, Utah, 9/9/17|
Now--go back to the previous picture and look at it again.... This was taken on the road to Goosenecks and is near the small village of Mexican Hat, Utah. I read that the population in 2010 was 31..... Look back at that picture.... Can you see it now????? It's a Mexican Hat!!!!!!
If you want more information about his area, check out the website for Goosenecks State Park. Click HERE.