I had dropped my friend off at the Moab airport and was now traveling with just my two dogs.
Next I moved to the Valley of the Gods. Although the site is about 20 miles from Muley Point, I did not drive the Moki Dugway to get there. The Moki Dugway scares me. I drove about 100 miles via Blanding and Bluff, getting both my water tank and propane tanks filled in Blanding.
— Valley of the Gods. Click to enlarge.
Oh-my, the Moki Dugway. I’m scared of heights. Watching cars drive up it I now know that I will never drive or ride the Moki Dugway unless I’m too drunk to understand where I am.
— The Moki Dugway on Highway 261 by the west end of the Valley of the Gods Road. Enlarge and look for a car to the left of the grader.
The Monarch Ruins are on Comb Ridge and were an enjoyable mile walk from the parking lot.
- Blanding has a nice visitor center complete with clean restrooms, free wifi, and free water to fill tanks. Ask at the desk for the water faucet handle if you need water.
- Don’t look for hidden places to camp in the Valley of the Gods. The only place I saw not in view of the road was about a half mile west of the east entrance. Embrace the open country and camp at a pull-off next to the road.
- All Utah schools close for a four day weekend (Thursday through Sunday) in October the opening of hunting season. I had been told that all campgrounds would be full and to not try to look for a campsite that weekend. Perhaps the warning was a bit over exaggerated, but it is best to be aware of the weekend.
- The parking lot for Monarch Ruins is located 7.2 miles north of the gate on county road 262.