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Goosenecks State Park
IUCN Category V (Protected Landscape/Seascape)
GooseneckMeandersUtahAerial1.jpg
Aerial view of the Goosenecks
Location San Juan, Utah, United States
Area 10 acres (4.0 ha)
Elevation 4,500 ft (1,400 m)
Established 1962
Visitors 63778 (in 2011)
Operator Utah State Parks

Goosenecks State Park is a state park in the U.S. state of Utah, overlooking a deep meander of the San Juan River. The park is located near the southern border of the state a short distance from Mexican Hat, Utah. Millions of years ago, the Monument Upwarp forced the river to carve incised meanders over 1,000 feet (300 m) deep as the surrounding landscape slowly rose in elevation. Eroded by water, wind, frost, and gravity, this is a classic location for observing incised meanders.

Goosenecks State Park is largely undeveloped. Primitive campsites with picnic tables are scattered back from the edge of the cliff, and vault toilets are available. Campers are advised to bring their own water, food, and other necessary gear.

There are no developed hiking trails in the park, but the Honaker Trail, a few miles to the northwest, provides access to the San Juan River.

Panoramic view from overlook
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