Southwest day #2: Monument Valley and the Mooki Dugway.

Posted by: jjessop on Tuesday, March 11th, 2008

For spectacular natural scenery at every turn, nothing beats Monument Valley. Every direction you look provides a new vista and changes with the Sunlight. Despite numerous visits I find myself always drawn to the valley. It’s a long drive from just about anywhere but it’s worth it.

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The Dugway……heading north.

North of Monument Valley and past Mexican Hat is the Dugway. You will find it spelled many ways, Mooki, Moki, Mokee, Moqi, so I’ll just call it the “Dugway” since the signs at the top and bottom of the grade are different! The name is derived from a Navajo word for this amazing dirt road (and Utah state highway) that climbs 1,100 vertical feet up the Cedar Mesa over a distance of 3 miles.

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The namesake of “Mexican Hat” Utah and Karen at the top of the Dugway.


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2 Responses to “Southwest day #2: Monument Valley and the Mooki Dugway.”

Mrs Jessop Says:
March 15th, 2008 at 10:16 am

Yes, that is me giving Jerry the bird at the top of the dugway. It’s a pretty scarey road…although surprisingly not the worst one Jerry has taken me on.

Bruce Says:
March 21st, 2008 at 5:10 pm

You got a better picture of the HAT.. when Maggie took the picture it was on and off raining .. the only wet day of our ride.. so we missed going down the dugway.. not on the harley on wet gravel.. next time


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