Muley Point is at the southern edge of Cedar Mesa; the name Muley means "hornless" in reference to cattle or deer. Monument Valley is visible in the distance (south) while the San Juan River cuts into the canyon below. Johns Canyon Road is accessible from Muley Point; the trail can be seen curving around a mesa to the right of the San Juan River. This mesa is part of The Cutler; a rock unit that is spread across the U.S. states of Arizona, northwest New Mexico, southeast Utah and southwest Colorado. In Arizona and Utah, it is called the Cutler Group; however, the United States Geological Survey (USGS) name is Cutler Formation; Cedar Mesa (Utah) and Canyon de Chelly (Arizona) are part of this unit as well. Muley Point is considered part of Glen Canyon National Recreation Area, and overseen by the National Park Service.
· Location is 79.8 miles from Monticello; travel 24.6 miles south along Hwy 191, through Blanding, to the junction of State Hwy 95. Make a right onto 95, travel 28.4 miles to UT Hwy 261 south; make a left onto 261. Travel 23.1 miles, a sign on the right will indicate the road to Muley Point; 3.7 miles ends at slickrock ledge area.
· Admission: Free
· Difficulty: Hiking – Easy, ledges are slickrock, so will be slippery w/rain & snowfall.
· Facilities: None; pick up all necessities and gasoline before leaving Blanding.
· Camping: Allowed; all trash and waste must be packed out.
· Fires: Allowed, but do NOT create a fire ring, instead use a self-contained fire pan. Dead and downed wood is scarce, so bring your own wood. Cutting living trees, and other plants, for firewood is not permitted.
· Pets: Allowed; KEEP leashes on, no longer than six feet. All pet waste must be carried out, and disposed of properly.
· Do not build rock cairns. They can mislead other visitors and cause resource damage to build. Rely on map and compass to know your route. There are NO maintained trails.
· Do not feed wildlife. Food and trash should be stored in a manner impervious to entry by birds and other wildlife. Pack out all trash.
· Preserve the Soundscape: Sound carries farther than you think in canyon country. Respect other visitors by keeping your group quiet and not playing amplified music. If you must have music in the backcountry, wear headphones.
· No Drones: The use of drone aircraft in Glen Canyon National Recreation Area and every National Park Service site is illegal. Check website for more details about this law.
We have sat on the slickrock ledges, eaten a picnic lunch, and simply enjoyed the scenery. Try it, you might just be amazed at how easily the stress of the world melts away.