Utah State Route 261

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State Route 261

Route information
Defined by Utah Code §72-4-132
Maintained by UDOT
Length32.961 mi[1] (53.046 km)
Existed1957–present
Major junctions
South endUS 163.svg US-163 near Mexican Hat
Major intersectionsUtah SR 316.svg SR-316 near Goosenecks State Park
North endUtah SR 95.svg SR-95 near Natural Bridges National Monument
Location
CountryUnited States
StateUtah
Highway system
  • Utah State Highway System
SR-260 SR-262
Moki Dugway.
Approaching the Moki Dugway from the South.
Southern terminus of SR-261

State Route 261 is a state highway located entirely within south-central San Juan County, Utah. It runs 34 miles (55 km) north, from the junction of U.S. Route 163 (3 miles (4.8 km) north of Mexican Hat), to the junction with State Route 95, just east of Natural Bridges National Monument.

The highway is part of the Utah section of the Trail of the Ancients, a National Scenic Byway.[2] It includes steep switchbacks as it traverses the Moki Dugway.[3]

Route description

From its southern terminus north of Mexican Hat, SR-261 commences in a westerly direction. After turning north, the route encounters the Moki Dugway, becoming an unpaved road for its ascent up onto Cedar Mesa, only to return to being paved for the rest of the route to its terminus at SR-95 just east of Natural Bridges National Monument.[4]

History

The Moki Dugway was constructed in 1958 by Texas Zinc, a mining company, to transport uranium ore from the "Happy Jack" mine in Fry Canyon to the processing mill in Mexican Hat. The State Road Commission added SR-261 to the state highway system in 1957, following its present alignment from SR-47 (now US-163) north of Mexican Hat to SR-95.[5]

Major intersections

The entire route is in San Juan County.

Locationmi[1]kmDestinationsNotes
Mexican Hat0.0000.000 US 163Southern terminus
0.8741.407 SR-316
32.69152.611 SR-95Northern terminus
1.000 mi = 1.609 km; 1.000 km = 0.621 mi

References

  1. ^ a b "Highway Reference Online - SR=261". Utah Department of Transportation.
  2. ^ Trail of the Ancients Features Map - Utah Section, from the website of the National Scenic Byway Program
  3. ^ Photo and description of the Moki Dugway from a U.S. Geological Survey website
  4. ^ "Google Maps". Google.
  5. ^ "State Road Resolutions SR-261.pdf". Utah Department of Transportation., accessed July 2007

External links

Media related to Utah State Route 261 at Wikimedia Commons