Tuesday, January 18, 2022

Utah's Scariest Road

What's a Moki Dugaway


Moki Dugway


Road Closed

On the way back from the trail Hole in the Rock we were detoured to Mexican Hat, Utah. The road had been washed out earlier due to flash floods. Little did we know what was in store for us up ahead.


Gravel Road


We were on Utah's Scariest Road. Holy Molly!!! This gravel road was by far one of the scariest roads I had been on. Especially since we where pulling a trailer with my Jeep on it. 
 
Moki Dugaway mountain side

The road is called a Moki Dugway. "Dugway" is a term used to describe a roadway carved from a hillside. This Scenic By-way is a stretch of Highway 261 in Utah where the blacktop turns into a dirt road. The gravel road is a 3-mile long switchback carved right into the side of the mountain with an 11% grade with hairpin turns and no guardrails. The views were breathtaking and spectacular.

view from the top of the Moki Dugaway


Before you hit the road for any adventure, check to see if any roads along your route are closed. I made this mistake before our Hole in the Rock trip in October of 2021. However, it turned out to be a cool adventure. I experienced a Moki Dugway and was able to visit the Goosenecks of the San Juans. 

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