Ancestral Puebloans carved shallow hand and toe holds, or Moki steps, into rock cliffs to make a near vertical climb. The Moki Dugway, also a steep climb up a hillside, was not made by Ancestral Puebloans, but by miners to transport uranium. Muley Point is the scenic view at the top. These are not-to-be-missed panoramic views.
The Moki Dugway (also spelled Mokee or Moqui) is located on UT-261, just northwest of Valley of the Gods.
The term moki is derived from the Spanish word, moqui, a general term used by explorers in this region to describe Pueblo Indians they encountered as well as the vanished Ancestral Puebloan culture. Dugway is a term used to describe a roadway carved from a hillside.
The Moki Dugway is a staggering, graded dirt switchback road carved into the face of the cliff edge of Cedar Mesa. It consists of 3 miles of steep, unpaved, but well-graded switchbacks (11% grade), which wind 1,200 feet from the valley floor near Valley of the Gods to atop Cedar Mesa. This route provides breathtaking views of some of Utah’s most beautiful sites. Scenic views of Valley of the Gods and distant Monument valley open at every turn of the dugway.
The Moki Dugway was constructed in the 1950’s to provide a way to haul ore from the Happy Jack Mine on Cedar Mesa to the mill in Halchita, Utah, near Mexican Hat.
The State of Utah recommends that only vehicles less than 28 feet and 10,000 pounds attempt to negotiate the dugway. The remainder of US-261 is paved.
After climbing the Moki Dugway, you may wish to stop at the fantastic vista at Muley Point. This is one of the best views in the area.
To reach Muley Point, take the first road to your left at the top of the dugway, and travel the 5 mile gravel road to the overlook.
The Muley Point Overlook provides viewers with a panorama of the Goosenecks of the San Juan River, and the vast, sweeping valleys of the desert valley below. Monument Valley can be seen in the distance. Mark this as a not to be missed attraction.
Muley Point is part of the Glen Canyon National Recreation Area, a part of the National Park Service.
Hours: Open year round; 24/7; If inclement weather, check conditions as roads are not paved.
Fees: None; no permits required
Services: No water, restroom or other facilities are available on Moki Dugway or at Muley Point. Be prepared to pack out all waste.
Elevation: Muley Point is 5750 feet.
Directions: Moki Dugway is approximately 28 miles from Bluff. Muley Point is 34 miles from Bluff. To reach Moki Dugway, travel west from Bluff on Highway 191. Continue on Highway 163. Turn Right on Highway 261.
To reach Muley Point, climb the Moki Dugway and turn left at the top of the dugway onto Muley Point Road (will not be marked). Viewpoint is about 5 miles past turn.