Are you travelling around southeast of Utah? Don’t miss out these hidden gems – Moki Dugway and Forrest Gump point for your amazing photo opportunity. Check out our pictures below. You will know what I am talking about. While we were trekking Valley of the Gods for the weekend, we had to check out the breathtaking view from “Moki Dugway” & movie famous “Forrest Gump point”.
After you finish the challenging uphill drive through the hairpin bends, you will reach a view point with small parking space. From there you will find yourself overlooking this scary road you just made through. From this point if you walk little uphill, the trail will take you to the other side of this canyon (picture below). The view is very spectacular. It could be very windy, so watch out at the cliff edges.
Next continue to drive uphill from the parking space. In about 6 miles till you reach the Muley point. From an elevation of 5,715 feet, you can see the Goosenecks of the San Juan River, Valley of the Gods, Monument Valley and Navajo Mountain. The panoramic vista from the cliffs is just mind blowing. Best place to watch sunset or sunrise. Just be careful when you walk along the edges of the cliff.
Johns canyon road:
Once you experience the Muleys point overlook from higher elevation, it won’t be fair if you miss to see the canyons from ground level. Johns canyon road is not paved. You definitely need a 4×4 high clearance vehicle if you want to complete the full road. We were able to go only until that point shown in below map. After that road is very tough without a 4 wheel drive. You can see the grand scale of the canyons from below pictures. Definitely a best photo op on a clear sky day.
Forrest Gump point
In the movie “Forrest Gump”, after running for over 3 years continuously, this road is where forrest gump suddenly decides to stop and go home. An amazing place to pull off and get a photo in the middle of the road. After our long day of drive into valley of the gods and Moki dugway, we tried to make a quick stop here. There were lots of tourist and it was cloudy. It was hard to get a shot with no people behind. Somehow we made it and quickly left the place. If you want to skip crowd try early morning.
All the above places can be doable in a day trip. Be prepared for the temperature swing between cliff top and lower elevations. We went during late November. It was very windy, cold, cloudy and drizzling occasionally. Plan for a clear sky day. Also, check out the road conditions. Happy travel!!! 🙂