Sunset in the Coconino National Forest, looking northeast toward Sedona, AZ, 4/17/15

Wednesday, May 6, 2015

Goosenecks State Park

After spending more than a month at our campsite in the Prescott National Forest, it was time to head out for new places.  There were 5 of us in camp at that time -- myself, Bob, Steve, Bryce and Mike. To hang out with the guys felt just like home as I was raised with 4 brothers.  Every one except myself and Bob would be staying in Prescott for a while.  Bryce would soon be heading north to see family, Steve to keep healing up, and Mike would be helping with Zeke (Steve's dog).

Our destination was Monument Valley.  But, we over-nighted at Utah's Goosenecks State Park.

Our camps on a side road in Goosenecks State Park, looking east.
The setting sun shining on the distant cliffs.  Bob's van on the left and
my Prius on the right.  4/27/15  

A wide angle photo is about the only way to convey the expanse of
this landscape as the setting sun highlights the eastern cliffs.  A distant
rock monolith is silhouetted on the right.  Click on photo to enlarge. 4/27/15

Goosenecks State Parks is so named for how the San Juan River
meanders in gooseneck like "S" curves in that area.  Here is one
of those curves.  4/28/15  

And here is another gooseneck curve.  4/28/15 

Click on this link to check out Bob's review and photos of Goosenecks State Park.

On our way to overnight at Goosenecks, we passed by Monument Valley.  I was immediately awestruck by the monolithic size of the rock formations from a distance.  I'd seen them in many western movies, but had no idea just how humongous they were.  I was excited to get to spend some time among them.

Next stop: Monument Valley.


  1. Utah is such a great place to explore!

    1. Agree! We are camped just outside of Arches NP right now. I hope to get in there and explore a bit before we leave this place.

  2. Beautiful photos! Goosenecks is one of the places on my wish list. We'll get there some day!

    1. Thanks! This is the first time I'd been there. So glad to finally see it myself. You guys take care and I'll see you down the road.


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