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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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  • We spent 3 nights here back in 2021. Not sure why some reviews warn against RV's and tailers? We were in our 30ft. Class C RV and had zero problems. Numerous other RV's and campers were also... 
    We spent 3 nights here back in 2021. Not sure why some reviews warn against RV's and tailers? We were in our 30ft. Class C RV and had zero problems. Numerous other RV's and campers were also...  more »
  • Gooseneck state park is near Mexican Hat. Is not a very big park, but it’s worth visiting for the view. The River is awesome. There are picnic tables and restrooms. The parking lot is fairly big. 
    Gooseneck state park is near Mexican Hat. Is not a very big park, but it’s worth visiting for the view. The River is awesome. There are picnic tables and restrooms. The parking lot is fairly big.  more »
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  • 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.
  • Surreal ... I believe the San Juan river here does a triple 180* turns into it's self. Crazy scenery, stark Black Rock canyon with steep sides with the San Juan river at the bottom. I would love to do a multi-day float trip down this section. Worth the visit to Goosenecks state park, $5/day you can get your big RV/Coach up there right on the edge of the canyon walls, would be a great place to spend a couple days, visiting the nearby Valley of the Gods....

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