Your bucket-list of places to see just might get longer. We've found a mini Horseshoe Bend in Utah that looks just like the real thing. You can find this magnificent sight six hours south of Salt Lake City in the city of Mexican Hat.

Gooseneck State Park showcases a sunken canyon where the San Juan River curves around a massive rock formation.

You can see the beauty for yourself year-round. There's only a $5 per vehicle fee that covers up to eight people. 

From the lookout area, you'll be able to gaze 1,000 feet down into the canyon. 

According to the park's website, this geological occurrence was 300 million years in the making. Talk about looking back into history. 

If you prefer to see more of the canyon, you can also opt to hike Honaker Trail. It's a challenging trek that is about 4.5-miles roundtrip. 

Along the path, you'll be able to see amazing rock and river views. It's possible to encounter loose rocks, steep inclines, and drop-offs, so plan and dress accordingly.  

We recommend packing a camera, sunglasses, a hat, food, and water. It can get pretty hot during the summer since there is no shade. 

If you're on a road trip with your pupper, we've got great news. The park and the nearby trail is pet-friendly.

Why not bring a spare blanket and lunch to have a picnic with a view? Just be sure to pack out what you packed in.  

If you can't bear to leave because of the amazing views, you can pay a $10 per campsite fee and extend your stay. There are eight campsites along the rim with fire rings and picnic tables.

Why not roast marshmallows and stargaze the night away?

There's no need to make a reservation, but since they're primitive campsites, be sure to pack plenty of food and water.

If you're road-tripping from Arizona to Utah, this park is worth a visit. 

Goosenecks State Park

Price: $5 per vehicle for up to eight people

Address: UT-316, Mexican Hat, UT

Why You Need To Go: You can camp out on the canyon and wake up to stunning views. 


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