When doing a tour of southeast Utah, there are several destinations that are related and by visiting them all a greater understanding of this region can be gained. When gazing at the landscape on this high plateau, there are many unique features that are completely hidden from view. For example, the San Juan River has carved a deep narrow canyon that meanders like a snake through this area, yet one would never know that the river exists until standing on the cliff edge. The goosenecks are even more impossible to imagine while standing on level ground away from the river, so be prepared to encounter one pleasant surprise after another when exploring this remote corner of Utah!
Previous articles about the Moki Dugway, Valley Of The Gods and Goosenecks Utah State Park are good to refer to when planning a venture in the Mexican Hat region. This area is just a few miles north of Monument Valley and the tall red rock pillars can be seen on the horizon from the high ground. Having a bird's eye view will greatly enhance the overall experience and this is where the Muley Point Overlook comes into play.
The Muley Point Overlook is located on the southern edge of Cedar Mesa inside the boundaries of the Glen Canyon National Recreation Area. The access road to Muley Point can be found near the top of the Moki Dugway and this dirt trail is smooth enough for a high ground clearance passenger car. The Muley Point dirt road is a few miles long over the high ground and there are clear views of the Bears Ears landmark at the far end of this high mesa.
Toward the end point, the Muley Point parking area comes into view along with the mesmerizing deep canyon landscape that literally stretches out forever, so be prepared for the jaw to drop in awe! Muley Point is a very high perch on the edge of a cliff that towers over the San Juan River Goosenecks way down below. The visual experience at Goosenecks State Park actually does not paint as clear of a picture as this high vantage point, because the eagle eye view reveals much more of the snaking canyon terrain.
Muley Point certainly is a top choice for a picnic and it is a landscape artist's paradise as well. Many famous western painters have captured these dramatic views on canvas and photographers usually pack their best gear for this majestic destination. In fact, a professional drone photography crew was there during my visit and they surely captured some great images from beyond the edge of the towering cliff. For the rest of us, the fantastic views from this high aerie will be more than enough to satisfy the senses. For this reason, be sure to include the Muley Point Overlook when planning a tour of southeast Utah!
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