I am in the initial planning stages of our next major RV escape to the Southwest.
In Utah we plan on exploring around Moab, then head south on US Route 191 just south of Blanding where we will head west on State Route 95 to Natural Bridges National Monument. After hiking Natural Bridges our plan was to head south on State Route 261 to Mexican Hat and onto Monument Valley in Arizona. The rand McNally atlas showed each route as solid red which “normally” indicates an improved all weather paved highway. However, while plotting the route in closer detail using the handy Utah Gazetteer I noticed a section of State Route 261 that looked like a worm had squiggled across the page when it was printed. Listed next to the smudge of red ink was the designation “Moki Dugway” (aka: Mokee Dugway).
A quick online search produced the following description,” It is a graded dirt switchback road that is carved into the face of the cliff edge of Cedar Mesa. This road was originally built to accommodate the uranium ore trucks in the 1950s.” Further research produced the photos shown on this page. Rotating my computer screen toward my wife so she could view the photos, quickly let me know that we would be changing our route. While I like an adventure, descending 1,100 ft in 3 miles on a narrow gravel road with multiple switchbacks, grades of 10% and no guardrails, I had to agree with her.
RVing the Moki Dugway is one adventure I am happy not to experience!
Brave readers can check out a video here .