Moki Dugway part five
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.
Switchback on Moki Dugway
How about that switch on the Moki Dugway far below our observation point!
RV at summit of Moki Dugway
We were all surprised when this RV appeared at the summit. The driver jumped out and headed around the RV to this side door. Someone in the crowd opined that the gentleman was probably heading inside to change his shorts. I thought that was funny and probably accurate.
Sign at the top of the Moki Dugway
At the top there is another sign informing motorist coming from the north that they are about to challenge the Moki Dugway.
Now it is time to head back down the Moki Dugway. Will it be as exciting as the trip up?
Descent of the Moki Dugway
Driving down the Moki Dugway.
10% grade down the Moki Dugway
This is where we are headed and yes, that is a 10% grade if not more.
Switchback on the Moki Dugway
On the right is one of the many switch backs featured on the Moki Dugway.
10% grade on the Moki Dugway coming out of a switchback
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