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Scary, but neat to say that you have done it

This was perhaps one of the scariest rides I have been on in a long time. I was vacationing out... read more

Reviewed December 11, 2018
rgpcpa
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South Point, Ohio
We drove this route a few years ago, but the experience is emblazoned in my mind's eys.

As we left Natural Bridges for Medicine Hat, the navigator in our party of three couples noticed a... read more

Reviewed November 11, 2018
Gary V
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Knoxville, Tennessee
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Reviewed December 11, 2018

This was perhaps one of the scariest rides I have been on in a long time. I was vacationing out west and my brother-in-law and I decided to take this "shortcut"! I am afraid of heights and this certainly got my scared on.

Date of experience: September 2018
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Reviewed November 11, 2018

As we left Natural Bridges for Medicine Hat, the navigator in our party of three couples noticed a wrinkled road on the map. Since we were exploring anyway, it was an obvious route to try. The straight asphalt road turn to dirt, but remained flat...More

Date of experience: September 2018
1  Thank Gary V
Reviewed November 6, 2018

Driving this road is an experience. Drive slowly and carefully. Be aware there are lots of rocks and it is easy to bottom out if you are not careful or have decent clearance under your car. My car had only 3 1/2 inches clearance, but...More

Date of experience: October 2018
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Reviewed November 4, 2018 via mobile

Not as steep or narrow as implied, we drive with ease in a hired Hyundai saloon. Saw a campervan descending steadily without problems. It’s an absolute MUST DO if you are in or near Bluff, Utah. Photographic opportunities galore, the view is absolutely mind bending....More

Date of experience: November 2018
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Reviewed October 23, 2018

You don't need a four-wheel drive vehicle to negotiate this road in dry weather during daylight hours, but you sure will need dependable brakes and decent tires. The road is primarily packed dirt and gravel, and there are places where rockslides and road debris could...More

Date of experience: October 2018
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Reviewed October 19, 2018

I had read about this stretch of highway prior to our trip but I forgot about it until the paved road turned into gravel and many signs warned that campers, tractor trailer trucks etc were prohibited. "Oh no, here we go" I thought. We were...More

Date of experience: June 2018
Thank Cindy M
Reviewed October 10, 2018

If you drive south on Utah 24 from Hanksville to Monument Valley, you will see some of the amazing cliffs of Glen Canyon National Recreation Area and you must turn onto Utah 261 to experience the Moki Dugway switchbacks. It is a decent road with...More

Date of experience: September 2018
Thank PapaJerryW
Reviewed October 6, 2018

This is a must do. We were driving from Blanding and the shock of seeing this dirt road that ends at a cliff that you get to drive down. A lot of the other reviews say how high it is and how scary it is....More

Date of experience: September 2018
Thank ravenlady
Reviewed September 25, 2018

It's steep, thin, dirt, long, narrow, with no barriers. It rises 1500 ft with a winding road with sheer drop-offs. Not for caravans or long vehicles given the sharp slow switch backs, not the faint of heart. When you get to the top turn left...More

Date of experience: September 2018
2  Thank John W
Reviewed September 15, 2018

We had no idea where Google Maps was leading us when we said we wanted to go to Natural Bridges National Monument. We later backchecked our GPS and the Nuvi bypassed the route. We drove a while on flat land and wondered how we were...More

Date of experience: September 2018
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RootBeerFan
October 9, 2017|
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Response from LovaBrug | Reviewed this property |
No need to go to Muley Point. You will experience all switchbacks on the 261
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GlennB1240
September 19, 2017|
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Response from delfhedde | Reviewed this property |
Possible? Probably - the dugway was build for heavy trucks carrying uranium ore. Recommended? I don't think so: 11% grade, dropping 1200ft in 3 miles. You gotta be damn sure of your brakes. I thnk the official (State of... More
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AuntFrahn
September 5, 2017|
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Response from chocobo128 | Reviewed this property |
The Apache Trail is fairly flat and long. The Moki Dugway is more adventurous!
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