1/15/07 - Just north of Mexican Hat, Utah SR261 turns left off US-163 and heads toward a seemingly unbroken line of near-vertical cliffs. As a driver approaches, he finds himself looking for an opening through which a highway might climb to the top of the plateau.
1/15/07 - Drawing ever closer, there is still no sign of an opening in the cliff face.
1/15/07 - This warning sign gives evidence that there is some sort of climb in the offing if one is to ascend to the plateau.
1/15/07 - This satellite view of the Dugway illustrates the twists and turns, and connects them better than can be done from the ground.
1/15/07 - At the bottom switchback a barely visible road is revealed that begins the ascent as it winds around the first corner.
1/15/07 - From the photo it is difficult to tell if this one was taken looking uphill or downhill, but it is part of the steep climb.
1/15/07 - This photo was taken looking very definitely downhill.
1/15/07 - While the drive up the Dugway was very interesting, the geology of the area has a fascination of its own, with numerous examples of the eroding effects of wind and water.
1/15/07 - In addition to the erosion evident in the rocks, the distinct layering of the sedimentary rock was also very interesting.
1/15/07 - Looking back down from one of the favorite viewpoints (as is evident from the number of photos just like this one that can be seen on the internet) gives a better idea of the twists and turns the road takes on its way to the top.
1/15/07 - Nearing the top, one more of the many switchbacks.
1/15/07 - Some of the stairstep geology found along the way.
1/15/07 - Some more of the erosion visible near the top of the climb.
1/15/07 - Looking back down at the switchback shown in the previous photo.
1/15/07 - Some of the vegetation that makes a valiant attempt to grow in this hostile environment.
1/15/07 - By clicking on "O" (for Original) size, it is possible to make out the barely discernible road climbing from the last switchback.
1/15/07 - For a short portion of the climb the road is undercut into the rock face, leaving a noticeable overhang.
1/15/07 - Looking across the valley floor to the southeast.
1/15/07 - While the sign can still be read in spite of the vandalism (yes, that's what it is), the spelling of "Moki" is phonetically correct if not technically so.
1/15/07 - Looking back down to the paved road at the very bottom from the top viewpoint where the sign in the next photo is located, it is apparent that the route uses little horizontal space.
1/15/07 - Another view, this one from the top, showing the tight switchbacks.