Explore Forrest Gump Hill

Utah Forest Gump Hill

Added by Michael Gabbert

  • Quick 8.2 mile drive from the Arizona/Utah border
  • 2 mile drive from the Mitten Buttes in Monument Valley
  • Iconic American Southwest landscape views

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 Monument Valley, the Mitten Buttes, take Indian Route 42 East 3.7 miles to the West and turn right onto US-163N. Drive an additional 8 miles at this point.

You will then see a turn-off area on your left, along with a 4 ft wide sign which reads ‘Forrest Gump Hill’. This is the spot. To the south, you’ll see sweeping views of Monument Valley and US-163 shooting straight as an arrow before taking a dramatic right turn, miles down the road.

If you want to take pictures (and if you’ve come this far, why wouldn’t you?!), your best bet will be to take it from the middle of US-163. Ensure no traffic is coming from either direction and snap away.

Pack List

  • Camera
  • Skateboard (if you're bold)
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Activities:

Chillin, Hiking, Photography

Skill Level:

Beginner

Season:

Year Round

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2 months ago

Classic!

My friends and I skated down the road on our longboards! IT WAS INCREDIBLE!

2 months ago

6 months ago

Can't miss

I've been to Monument Valley multiple times; sometimes just to take friends who have never seen it or don't even realize "the place Forrest Gump ended his run" is roughly in their backyard. This view is one of those that never gets old. Good at both sunrise and sunset!

6 months ago

about 1 year ago

Two Thumbs Up!

Great post, Michael! We just finished up a road trip out in southern Utah/ northern Arizona and spent three days in Monument Valley. There's nothing more iconic than the view from Gump Road. In fact, we'd love it if you checked out our blog at http://www.andtheretheygo.com and let us know your thoughts on our post about camping in Monument Valley! Happy adventuring! Matt + Hillary

about 1 year ago

Added by Michael Gabbert

Minnesotan living in Seattle. Email: mjgabbert@gmail.com

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