USA/UT: Moki Dugway

To descend from the plateau of Cedar Mesa and down to the Valley of the Gods and the Navajo Reservation further south, you need to take the infamous gravel Moki Dugway. The rough and narrow road twists and turns along the plateau edge with improbable views and even more improbable switchbacks where your car slides on the gravel ground. I’ve probably done Moki Dugway over a dozen times and every single time it’s an awesomely exhilarating experience. The name itself – Moki Dugway – comes from the name “moki” used by old Mormon settlers for the Navajo Indians and the “dugway” for the fact that the road was actually dug out of a sheer cliff.