Moki Dugway part four
May 19, 2007.
We stayed in Cottonwood Campground in Bluff, Utah. Several private RV-Parks were available in Bluff. We chose Cottonwood. The others were just as nice. One mile west of town is Sand Island Department of the Interior Campground with no utilites. It was OK as well. Cottonwood was $20 for a FHU site.
The "Moki Dugway" what on earth is the "Moki Dugway". I will start by stating that a "dugway" is a means of traversing a steep hillside without sliding down the slope. The Moki Dugway was built by Texas Zinc and Minerals during the uranium boom as a way to accommodate ore trucks. The Moki Dugway is 3.5-miles of graded gravel that climbs the cliff at an 11% grade according to Utah tourist information.
I don't know that I can adequately explain the Moki Dugway other than to say that it is an exciting drive 1,000 feet up the side of a sheer cliff involving 10% or 11% grades (depending on the info source) and switch backs on a gravel road. But it is better to show you than tell you.
Switchbacks on the Moki Dugway
Sandstone cliff walls of the Moki Dugway
Both of us thought the road engineers could have removed more of this overhanging rock.Sandstone walls of the Moki Dugway.
View of Valley & road approaching the Moki Dugway
If you look closely you can see a switch back in the picture on the right. Needless to say it is a long way to the bottom.
Sign at summit of Moki Dugway
Once at the top this sign provided a little levity to the moment.
It seems that the elevation on top of the Moki Dugway is 6435 feet.
Never let a "C" student run your country
Keep in mind this is 2007 and that is President Bush.
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