Who's heard of Moki Dugway? Or Valley of the Gods? Not I. But now that I've driven through it, I'll never be the same.
The view at the top is nothing short of spectacular. No photo could really do it justice.
"The Mokee (or Moki) Dugway, located on Utah Route 261 just north of Mexican Hat, Utah is a staggering, graded dirt switchback road carved into the face of the cliff edge of Cedar Mesa. It consists of 3 miles of steep, unpaved, but well graded switchbacks (11% grade), which wind 1,200 feet from Cedar Mesa to the valley floor near Valley of the Gods." From Dangerousroads.com
Sounds exciting right?
These photos are taken right at the top. There is a giant pull-off, so make sure to take five seconds and take in the view.
See the dirt road that veers off to the left from the main road? THAT'S Valley of the Gods people. You need to drive it at least ONCE in your life. (If not more.)
I'm all for crazy turns and possible dangerous roads. While the road might now always be open, it was clear skies and perfect road conditions for us. Honestly, it wasn't that bad...if I compare it to Hana Highway in Hawaii.
Right before you begin descending down Moki's Dugway, there is a pull off to the left with a short hike to the cliffs.
While the view wasn't quite as amazing as the top, it did have a surprise in store.
I found a geocache!
Of course, I was too lazy to run back to the car and get something to put in there, but I made sure to leave The Salt Project Mark. I wasn't able to find the Geocache online anywhere, so if you know how to log it, let me know!
It's quite the road.
Valley of the Gods
Right at the bottom of the road is the infamous Valley of the Gods road. It's 17 miles of dirt roads with amazing scenery. I felt like we were Lighting McQueen (Camry style) zipping through the outback of Utah.
It also reminded us of Rescuers Down Under Movie in the opening scene.
You can't have open fires, yet we saw many people camping out in the most picturesque background.
The nightsky out here must be breathtaking.
We've decided we'll be back to camp one day.
I've made a map below, so you can follow our exact path that day.
There you have it folks. These are two roads that you need to add to your Utah Bucketlist.
Be sure to read our 32 things to do near Monticello! It includes maps!
- Check the road conditions before going to see if Moki Dugway is open.