Arches National Park
Goosnecks State Park offers view of the mighty San Juan River and it's work through millions of years worth of work, carving cavernous canyons through sandstone rock. A geologists dream, the river has revealed layer after layer of sedimentary rock.
A trip to Goosenecks State Park will let you gaze at the results of 300 million years of time, where the San Juan River winds and carves its way through the desert 1,000 feet below. This a primitive park which offers a spectacular view of this amazing and rare geologic formation, known as an entrenched meander. There are picnic areas, primitive camping, vault toilets, and an observation shelter. No other services are provided and no drinking water is available.
Goosenecks State Park is mostly undeveloped. Primitive campsites with picnic tables are scattered back from the edge of the cliff, and vault toilets are available. If you are planning to camp here, be prepared by bringing water, food, and other necessary gear.
Please note: Goosenecks State Park is extremely primitive. Though camping is allowed, there are no developed campsites. The area can be intensely hot during summer months and there is very little shade.
GENERAL PARK RULES
Camping - Camp only in designated areas.
Fires - Campfires may be built in specified areas only and gathering firewood is prohibited.
Pets - Pets are allowed in Utah state parks, but must be on a maximum six-foot leash. Service animals are the only animals admitted in park buildings. For safety and courtesy, please keep pets under control and clean up after them.
Bicycles - Bicycling is permitted on established public roads and in parking areas.
Off-highway vehicles - Off-highway vehicle riding is permitted in some parks. For designated areas contact a park ranger.
Parking - Park only in designated parking areas.
Plants and animals - All plants, animals, minerals and other natural features in state parks are protected. It is unlawful to remove, alter or destroy them.
Fireworks - Fireworks or firecrackers are prohibited in state parks.
Firearms - Possession or use of firearms, traps or other devices capable of launching a projectile that can immobilize, injure or kill a person or animal, or damage property is prohibited unless the weapon or device is 1) unloaded and packed away to prevent its use, 2) being used by authorized enforcement officers in the performance of official duties.
Speed limit - The speed limit within all park areas is 15 m.p.h.
Waste water - It is unlawful to dump or to drain water from campers or trailers onto the ground. A sanitary disposal station is provided for registered campers.
Quiet hours - 10:00 p.m. to 7:00 a.m.
Accidents - Please report accidents or suspicious activities to a ranger.
Permits - A Special Use Permit is required for all special events and commercial or professional filming and photography.
PLANNING YOUR VISIT
Directions: Ten miles north of Mexican Hat on State Road 316.