Goosenecks State Park RV & Campground Guide

Utah

Goosenecks State Park

is on the edge of a steep canyon, at the bottom of which the San Juan River winds like a gooseneck. This small park offers stunning views of the river, twisting and turning on its way to Lake Powell. After 300 million years of carving its way through the rock, the river now flows 1,000 feet down on the desert floor.

The weather in this desert area is dry and arid, with less than a week of precipitation in one month for most of the year. Highs in the summer can hit an average of 96 F, while lows in winter bottom out around 19 F. 

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Weather
Spring 30-80 F
Summer 56-96 F
Fall 27-85 F
Winter 19-51 F
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Nearby Cities
Blanding, UT
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RV Resorts & Campsites in Goosenecks State Park

Primitive camping is available at the park, and dry camping is possible. While there are no amenities, many people say it is well worth the $10 campsite price to stop and get an unimpeded view of the stars at night and enjoy the solitude.There are also several nearby campgrounds where you can stay while you visit the park:

The View Campground

The View Campground offers beautiful views of Monument Valley, and is attached to The View Hotel. The sites are all dry campsites, but there are showers and restrooms available.

  • Water hookup: no
  • Electrical hookup: no
  • Sewer hookup: no
  • Wi-Fi: n/a
  • Pet friendly: n/a

Monument Valley KOA

Monument Valley KOA has striking views of the valley and the sandstone formations it’s famous for. The campground hosts dim the lights and focus them downward at night so guests can appreciate one of America’s most amazing stargazing areas. 

  • Water hookup: yes
  • Electrical hookup: yes
  • Sewer hookup: yes
  • Wi-Fi: yes
  • Pet friendly: yes
  • Other amenities: showers, laundry, playground, Jeep rentals, horseback rides

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What to Do at
Goosenecks State Park

Inside Goosenecks State Park

Although the park is small, there are several ways to enjoy the scenery there. 

Driving: There is lots of scenery to see from your car, or from overlooks when you stop to get out and take in the amazing vistas. Look for Alhambra Rock, the dark volcanic rock beyond Mexican Hat along the horizon. You can also see the buttes, spires, and outcroppings of Monument Valley to the southwest.

Hiking: While there are no hiking trails in the park, nearby Honaker Trail is pet-friendly, and is a great place to wander and possibly bring a lunch to eat while taking in the views.

Biking: There are no cycling trails in the park, but bikes are permitted on public roads. If you are hiking or biking, be aware that Goosenecks State Park can be quite hot during summer, with no shade. Plan any exercise during coolers hours and be sure to hae plenty of water. 

Stargazing: The park is rather remote, and is the perfect place to take in the night sky.

Outside Goosenecks State Park

There’s plenty to do outside Goosenecks State Park as well! From taking in the local sights to relaxing with a tasty bite to eat, once you’ve explored the park, try one of these activities. 

Restaurants

Pop’s Burritos

This build-your-own burrito restaurant offers a variety of burrito fillings including sweet pork, chicken, and steak. They also have killer breakfast burritos. If you’re not in a burrito mood, they also serve up salads and tacos.

Type: Burritos

Location: Blanding, UT

Patio Diner

A local, family-run diner that prides itself on making specialized burgers, sandwiches, and hand-scooped shakes in many flavors. Food is made to order and cooked fresh.

Type: Diner

Location: Blanding, UT

Yak’s Cafe

Although Yak’s serves lunch, too, they’re definitely known for their breakfasts. Try a hearty breakfast of steak & eggs, or get a stack of delicious pancakes or a breakfast burrito.

Type: American

Location: Blanding, UT

Shopping

Hunt’s Trading Post

Browse this authentic Navajo trading post and shop for Native American jewelry, souvenirs, and what the Hunt family says is the best coffee west of the Rio Grande. 

Location: Blanding, UT

Sightseeing

Monument Valley Navajo Tribal Park

This scenic area of red sandstone rocks, buttes, and mesas is on a Navajo reservation. Stop in at the visitor center to learn more about the picturesque area, and about its history and importance to the Navajo tribe. 

Location: Oljato-Monument Valley, AZ

John Wayne’s Cabin

John Wayne filmed quite a few of his westerns in Monument Valley, and helped many people who watched the movies to form their idea of the American west. You can now relive Wayne’s westerns by visiting John Wayne’s Cabin at Goulding’s Lodge. Visit the museum to learn about the history of the area, and pop in to the restaurant for a bite to eat. 

Location: Oljato-Monument Valley, UT

Hovenweep National Monument

Once the bustling home of more than 2,500 people, Hovenweep features six villages built between A.D. 1200 and 1300. There are a variety of structures, including square and circular multi-story towers perched on boulders and canyon rims, D-shaped homes, and kivas which are ceremonial structures. 

Location: Cortez, CO

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How to Get to
Goosenecks State Park

Goosenecks State Park is approximately 349 miles southeast of Salt Lake City, and 25 miles west of Bluff. Take US-163, then head west on SR-261. Go southwest on SR-316 until you reach the park.  

The address for the park is 660 W. 400 N, Blanding, UT.

Entering Goosenecks State Park

There is an entry fee for Goosenecks State Park

Per Vehicle : $5

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