The Push Pin shows the Moki Dugway. The Moki Dugway is a graded dirt switchback road that is carved into the face of the cliff edge of Cedar Mesa.The road was originally built to accommodate the uranium ore trucks in the 1950s.
The highway is part of the Utah section of the Trail of the Ancients
A 1000 feet elevation change in 3 miles
Cedar Mesa occupies 475,000 acres of high plateau country in Utah's San Juan County. Exploring Cedar Mesa Is Almost Like Standing On The Edge Of The World.
The above photo is looking down from the top of Cedar Mesa into the Valley Of The Gods. The building is
This photo shows some of the underpinning of the road.
Most of this post has been about the Moki Dugway. I will finish with some photos of The Valley Of The Gods and Monument Valley.
Goulding’s is a must stop
After passing the eroded mesas of Monument Valley, highway US 163 crosses 20 miles of rather flat landscape past scattered Navajo houses to Mexican Hat, a small settlement named after a curious formation nearby consisting of a large flat rock 60 feet in diameter perched precariously on a much smaller base at the top of a small hill. (We had a good lunch in Mexican Hat)