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Goosenecks State Park, Blanding

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Goosenecks State Park is a state park in the U.S. state of Utah, overlooking a deep meander of the San Juan River. The park is located near the southern border of the state a short distance from Mexican Hat, Utah. Millions of years ago, the Monument Upwarp forced the river to carve incised meanders over 1,000 feet (300 m) deep as the surrounding landscape slowly rose in elevation. Eroded by water, wind, frost, and gravity, this is a classic location for observing incised meanders.

Goosenecks State Park is largely undeveloped. Primitive campsites with picnic tables are scattered back from the edge of the cliff, and vault toilets are available. Campers are advised to bring their own water, food, and other necessary gear.

The park received International Dark Sky Park designation by The International Dark-Sky Association in March, 2021. Night photography and stargazing are popular activities because there is little light pollution due to its remoteness.
There are no developed hiking trails in the park, but the Honaker Trail, a few miles to the northwest, provides access to the San Juan River.
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  • Do not pass up this chance to see a unique geological feature ... Well worth the $5 and the time to get there 
    Do not pass up this chance to see a unique geological feature ... Well worth the $5 and the time to get there  more »
  • We went to this state park on our way to monument valley, nice view of the Colorado river, we even saw 2 raft way below , $5 the entrance worth it. 
    We went to this state park on our way to monument valley, nice view of the Colorado river, we even saw 2 raft way below , $5 the entrance worth it.  more »
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  • We got to Goosenecks State Park just before sunset to catch it going down over the horizon. There was almost no one there and it felt like we were shooting on another planet. The canyons are beautiful and the way the sun sets on the ridges is absolutely mesmerizing. I do wish we would have had more time to explore the park but if nothing else I would say this was one of the most beautiful sunsets I have seen during my time in Utah. It truly is breathtaking and peaceful there!
  • Wonderful place to Boondock for a couple of days! The staff at the gate were very friendly and happy to see you there! Thank You! The views of the canyon/Goosenecks were fabulous! I'd never seen anything like it. We were able to park near the rim and what views we had!!! The sunsets were magnificent and the "stars" were abundantly brilliant to see! You gotta stop in if you're in the area, day or night, it is a site to see.

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