Goosenecks of the San Juan River, Utah

Goosenecks of the San Juan River, Utah   Copyright © 2007 John D. Clark

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The San Juan River, named by the San Juan Bautista, threads its way through Colorado, New Mexico, and Utah to the border of northern Arizona. Anasazi ruins and rock-art panels dot its sandstone cliffs and floodplains. The San Juan also plays a significant role in Navajo mythology, where it is known as Old Age River, One-With-a-Long-Body, or One-With-a-Wide-Body, and is characterized variously as an old man with hair of white foam, a snake coiled at the Goosenecks, a flash of lightning, and a black club of protection. The spectacular deep and incised river meanders are some of the tightest in the US, with over five miles of river progressing just one mile in distance.

  

© 2007 John D. Clark
Updated 9/29/07