San Juan ATV


San Juan County

San Juan County Attractions 

 Hovenweep National Monument

Hovenweep National Monument protects six prehistoric, Puebloan-era villages spread over a twenty-mile expanse of mesa tops and canyons along the Utah-Colorado border. Multi-storied towers perched on canyon rims and balanced on boulders lead visitors to marvel at the skill and motivation of their builders. Hovenweep is noted for its solitude and undeveloped, natural character.

 

Natural Bridges National Monument

Natural Bridges preserves some of the finest examples of natural stone architecture in the southwest. On a tree-covered mesa next to deep sandstone canyons, three natural bridges formed when meandering streams slowly cut through the canyon walls. In honor of the Native Americans that made this area their home, the bridges are named "Kachina," "Owachomo" and "Sipapu."

 

Mule Canyon Ruins

Mule Canyon is accessed from highway 95. Look for the graded county road (SJ 263) on the north side of the highway, approximately 19 miles west of the intersection of routes 95 and 191. Go up the county road about 1/4 mile and park.Walk up the canyon to your left. Because of the orientation of this canyon, one finds slickrock walls mixed with ponderosa pines.

 

Butler Wash Ruins

Butler Wash Ruins Overlook is accessed from Utah Highway 95 just west of Blanding. After parking, an easy half-mile walk across slickrock is required before arriving at the overview of Anasazi cliff houses.

 

 

Moki Dugway

The Mokee Dugway is located on Utah Route 261 just north of Mexican Hat, UT. It was constructed in 1958 by Texas Zinc, a mining company, to transport uranium ore from the "Happy Jack" mine in Fry Canyon, UT. to the processing mill in Mexican Hat. The three miles of unpaved, but well graded, switchbacks descend 1100 feet from the top of Cedar Mesa (on which you are now standing). The State of Utah recommends that only vehicles less than 28 feet in length and 10,000 pounds in weight attempt to negotiate this steep (10% grade), narrow and winding road.

 Valley of the Gods

The main road through Mexican Hat eventually joins US 191 which goes north to Monticello and Moab, but before this it passes close to the Valley of the Gods. This is a smaller scale version of Monument Valley, with huge isolated red sandstone rocks standing above the level valley floor, remnants of some ancient landscape.

 

 

Goosenecks State Park

 Four miles off Utah Highway 261 near Mexican Hat, you can look into a 1,000-foot-deep chasm carved through the Pennsylvanian Hermosa Formation by the silt-laden San Juan River. The river meanders back and forth, flowing for more than five miles while progressing only one linear mile toward the Colorado River and Lake Powell. The access road is paved. Facilities include primitive camping and vault rest rooms.

 

Edge of the Cedars

View the largest collection of Ancestral Puebloan (Anasazi) pottery on display in the Four Corners Region and explore an authentic Puebloan village behind the museum. In addition to permanent collections, Edge of the Cedars offers special exhibits, festivals, and events throughout the year. Dynamic exhibits at Edge of the Cedars State Park Museum feature outstanding photography, fine art, current topics in archeology, and contemporary Native American crafts. Festivals, programs and special events promote traditional values through storytelling, craft workshops, and an Indian art exhibit.

Lowry Ruins

Lowry was home to about 100 people. Many rooms were probably plastered inside and painted with bold geometric designs. Initial excavations in the 1930s revealed a kiva with a well-preserved decorative mural, and the kiva was backfilled to preserve it. After re-excavation in 1974, the mural began to discolor and peel away due to exposure to light and air. None of it survives today, except for a salvaged fragment at the Anasazi Heritage Center. Current technology cannot preserve such murals in situ except by reburial.

Bluff Fort

Original and replica buildings of the first settlement at Bluff; covered wagons and a monument honoring the Hole-in-the-Rock pioneers

 

 

Sand Island

The easily accessible rock art panel at Sand Island is extensive and represents images from 800 to 2500 years old. It presents a good overview of the type of rock art that is found all along the San Juan River. Camping and vault toilets are provided here, but no water. Desert temperatures can be extremely hot and dry. Plan ahead and be prepared. Bring appropriate clothing and lots of water when visiting this site.