Goosenecks State Park


Goosenecks State Park is in the US state of Utah, near its southern border. The goosenecks are a series of tight switchbacks on the San Juan River. They are one of the best examples in the world of entrenched or incised meanders.

Millions of years ago the land here was relatively flat but then a period of uplift occurred and as the land rose the river, keeping to its original course, flowed faster and cut into the land eventually creating a gorge which is now 1,000 feet (300 m) deep. Erosion has sculpted the gorge walls into a series of steep cliffs and broad sloping terraces. So tight are the loops in this part of the river’s course that it only progresses 1.5 (2.o4 km) miles while flowing 6 miles (9.6 km).

There is a good viewing point from which to see the meanders within the Park but out of sight the river continues to twist and turn before joining Lake Powell 35 miles (56 km) away.

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