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  • Bluff, Utah

    Raft the Upper San Juan

    The "Upper" San Juan is about 27 miles of river, and can be completed in a 2-4 day float. It is a permitted river, and trips launching between April 15 - July 15 obtain permits through a lottery draw negotiated on https://www.recreation.gov/. Applications for this lottery are accepted through the...
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  • Mexican Hat, Utah

    Camp in the Valley of the Gods

    5.0
    The dirt road loop is relatively smooth and can be driven on by just about any car, campervan, or RV. However, check the weather beforehand because some areas can become flooded after rain and will be a difficult mud crossing. It can be driven in either direction. One entrance is off Highway 163,...
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  • Mexican Hat, Utah

    Raft the Lower San Juan River

    The put-in for the lower segment of the San Juan river is in the center of Mexican Hat. This is a permitted section of river run by a lottery, and you work to secure a permit through https://www.recreation.gov/permits/250986 Briefly after take off, the canyon walls begin to climb taller above the...
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  • San Juan County, Utah

    Camp at Goosenecks State Park

    4.3
    Located near the southern border of the state, Goosenecks State Park is a small slice of Grand Canyon views in Utah. The park overlooks the meanders of the San Juan River, and canyons that have eroded over the millennia. This park is great for anyone hoping to learn about geology, get far away fr...
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  • San Juan County, Utah

    Goosenecks Viewpoint Trail

    1.86 mi / 66 ft gain
    For a small entrance fee of $5, you have the chance to photograph a beautiful canyon view without having to hike miles and days to get to it. Enjoy this rare luxury! There is a pavilion with a picnic table for dinner while you wait for the sunset, and there are also bathrooms if you need them. ...
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  • Mexican Hat, Utah

    Hike the Honaker Trail

    3.5
    5 mi / 1010 ft gain
    In the days of Utah's Wild West gold rush (circa 1890s), a man named Henry Honaker decided to build a supply route from the San Juan River to the cliffs tops, roughly 1200 feet, above. The roughly hewn trail that Henry built; aptly named the ‘Honaker Trail’ was to act as a supply route for the go...
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  • Mexican Hat, Utah

    Camp at Muley Point

    5.0
    0.25 mi
    Muley Point on the southern end of the Cedar Mesa is one of the finest camping (and car camping) sites in North America, towering some 2400' above the San Juan River Canyon (and The Goosenecks State Park) looking south directly into the northern mouth of Monument Valley. It is a breathtakingly be...
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  • Mexican Hat, Utah

    Forrest Gump Hill

    5.0
    If you are in or around Monument Valley, the drive and corresponding effort to get to Forrest Gump Hill is minimal. The location is known most notably as the spot where Forrest Gump ended his cross-country run in the movie. It's also simply an unbelievable view. From the most iconic site within ...
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  • Teec Nos Pos, Utah

    Visit Four Corners Monument

    4.0
    Pretty cool spot to check out if you are in the area. Not a hike or anything like that. Just a cool landmark that will let you grab some pretty nice pictures. Enjoy!
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  • Montezuma Creek, Utah

    Hike the Ruins of Hovenweep National Monument

    4.7
    2 mi / 80 ft gain
    Hovenweep National Monument consists of 5 separate units which were once Ancestral Puebloan communities. The main trail, Little Ruin Canyon, starts from the Visitor Center and is the only unit that has paved access. Don't let the dirt-clay roads keep you from the other units though, they are not ...
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  • Oljato-Monument Valley, Arizona

    Wildcat Trail in Monument Valley

    5.0
    3.98 mi / 397 ft gain
    When facing The View from the parking lot, Wildcat Trail is off to the left where the campground is located. It's a 3.2 mile, self-guided loop that takes you around the West Mitten Butte. If you're hiking during the summer be sure to go early and bring a lot of water. You're fully exposed on t...
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  • Oljato-Monument Valley, Arizona

    Hunts Mesa at Monument Valley

    / 1200 ft gain
    Note: A guide is recommended to take you on a tour of Hunts Mesa. Guide information can be found on NavajoNationParks.Org.  Though there are many unique viewpoints from within and around Monument Valley, none is as grand as the view from Hunts Mesa! Not easily accessible, the only way to get to ...
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  • Oljato-Monument Valley, Arizona

    Drive Monument Valley's Scenic Loop

    5.0
    17.12 mi / 1253 ft gain
    Be ready to embark on this 17 mile monumental scenic drive. The loop includes 11 numbered viewpoints and you can expect to spend between 2-4 hours in the park. For the best experience, check park hours and arrive early before the 15 mph traffic begins to stack up.  You will find the beginning of ...
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  • Oljato-Monument Valley, Arizona

    Camp at The View Campground in Monument Valley

    4.4
    3.2 mi / 0 ft gain
    Other than the spectacular landscape, the park really doesn't possess any of the attributes one would associate with the "wild west." Rather, an introduction to the Navajo culture is what awaits visitors. Located on the Navajo Reservation, a vast parcel of land spanning portions of Western New Me...
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  • San Juan County, Utah

    Backpack Great Gulch: Kane Gulch to Bullet Canyon

    5.0
    25 mi
    One of the many wonderful hidden gems in Utah (so just tell you close friends about it).Kane Gulch is located four miles south of the Highway 95/Highway 261 junction. At the Kane Gulch ranger station you will be able to use restrooms, overnight park your vehicle, pick up permits, and purchase are...
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  • San Juan County, Utah

    Backpack Grand Gulch

    10 mi / 600 ft gain
    Bears Ears National Monument is a truly special place. We voyaged willingly on a journey of discovery into the roots of who we are as human beings, and we were not disappointed: the ruins accessible in the canyons brought tears to our eyes. While Bears Ears used to receive just 9,000 visitors ann...
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Greg Balkin

The Future of Bears Ears

The Future of Bears Ears

Michael Graw

Trump Dramatically Reduces Bears Ears and Grand Staircase-Escalante National Monuments

Trump Dramatically Reduces Bears Ears and Grand Staircase-Escalante National Monuments

The Outbound Collective

Making the Most of a Failed Attempt to Explore Bears Ears National Monument

Making the Most of a Failed Attempt to Explore Bears Ears National Monument

Leo Xu