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Old 09-20-2016, 01:03 PM   #1
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This is a great true story about choosing the worst road possible in a 37ft Class A!

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On one of our trips last summer, we were coming from Monument Valley through Mexican Hat headed to Capitol Reef National Park. The Good Sam trip planner routed us on UT 261 over the Moki Dugway. Here's the rest of the story:

The Mokee (or Moki) Dugway, located on Utah Route 261 just north of Mexican Hat, Utah 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 Cedar Mesa.
The State of Utah recommends that only vehicles less than 28 feet in length and 10,000 pounds in weight attempt to negotiate this steep (10% grade), narrow and winding road. Most vehicles can travel the route safely. Caution is advised for motor homes or vehicles pulling trailers. A parking area near the top provides a stunning view of Valley of the Gods.

We made it to the top without incident (thanks to diesel power and 4wd) and made sure to inform the Good Sam folks about the mis-information as soon as we got home.

We are planning a return trip to spend more time touring and exploring Valley of the Gods but we'll bypass the Moki Dugway
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No thanks to either of these white knuckle trips...even if they do make a great story to share. :0)
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We were in Yellowstone and my wife wanted to go to Billings Montana so after looking at options to get there we decided to take Bear Tooth Pass. It was closed the week before for a heavy snowfall, this was in late June. We started to make our way up my wife started taking pictures of the snow and frozen ponds etc. The scenery was great. We then started to have to clime with lots of switch backs. We made it to the top, stopped to take some pictures. A guy walked up to me and asked what size my coach was and after I told him he said he had one that size at home but there was no way he would consider driving it up the road. My wife had take +40 pictures on the way up.

We then started the trek down and soon found up going down isn't as calming as my wife started to clutch her arm rests and bracing herself with her feet on the front dash. At some point she started cussing me and swearing she would haunt me fro the rest of my life if she died. We made it down but not without some nervous raking moments. My wife took 3 pictures coming down.
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On one of our trips last summer, we were coming from Monument Valley through Mexican Hat headed to Capitol Reef National Park. The Good Sam trip planner routed us on UT 261 over the Moki Dugway. Here's the rest of the story:

The Mokee (or Moki) Dugway, located on Utah Route 261 just north of Mexican Hat, Utah 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 Cedar Mesa.
The State of Utah recommends that only vehicles less than 28 feet in length and 10,000 pounds in weight attempt to negotiate this steep (10% grade), narrow and winding road. Most vehicles can travel the route safely. Caution is advised for motor homes or vehicles pulling trailers. A parking area near the top provides a stunning view of Valley of the Gods.

We made it to the top without incident (thanks to diesel power and 4wd) and made sure to inform the Good Sam folks about the mis-information as soon as we got home.

We are planning a return trip to spend more time touring and exploring Valley of the Gods but we'll bypass the Moki Dugway
we came upon a tractor trailer that almost went off the edge of the Moki Dugway. This happened about ten minutes before we got there. Driver followed his GPS and was very shaken up :(
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As can bee seen, the "cheat" caught up with the trailer wheels causing them to slip off the inside shoulder. We were fortunate that we didn't meet anyone coming down as we were going up at one of the switch backs. Wasn't too bad on the straight parts but would be very spooky if it happened on one of the switch backs. Slow and careful were the by-words. 4wd kept the truck wheels from slipping on the gravel and the low rpm torque of the Cummins was a perfect combination.
I'm guessing the driver of that rig changed his drawers got back in the cab and worked his way out of the problem. Or, did they have to send the wrecker up to help him??
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I'm guessing the driver of that rig changed his drawers got back in the cab and worked his way out of the problem. Or, did they have to send the wrecker up to help him??
They closed the road until the next afternoon when a wrecker got him out. We had to camp in a side canyon below and go all the way around (via Blanding) to get to a hike we wanted to do on top of Cedar Mesa.
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Glad to know everyone was safe even if a bit inconvenienced. Hope the rest of your trip was fun.
Cedar Mesa is great place to explore. One of my favorites!
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