Scenic Driving Utah
by Joe Bensen revised and updated by Christy Karras (Falcon Guides)
A 45-mile drive through the desert grandeur of southern San Juan County and the Navajo Indian Reservation, highlighted by views of desert spires and mesas. This is beauty on a grand scale. While the landscapes to the north and east are characterized by dramatic ancient bucklings of the earth and by intricate, maze-like canyons carved by the persistent action of rushing waters, the country encountered on this drive is more spacious and more serene in its magnificence. Rather than narrow, chaotic canyons and steep, confining barrier reefs, the road traverses land that is broad, open, and windswept.
It is hot at the height of summer in this corner of the state. Otherwise, no real seasonal distinctions can be made, and driving poses no impediments for any sort of vehicle. Special attractions: Mexican Hat Rock, views of Monument Valley, Navajo crafts and culture, and float trips on the San Juan River. Nearby attractions: Hovenweep National Monument, Four Corners, Valley of the Gods, Muley Point, and Goosenecks. This eTrail is a complete description of a scenic drive with a route map and information on the best travel seasons, interesting sites, recreation opportunities, camping locations, and much more.
© Joe Bensen revised and updated by Christy Karras/Falcon Guides. All Rights Reserved.