Utah State Route 261

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State Route 261 marker

State Route 261
Route information
Defined by Utah Code §72-4-132
Maintained by UDOT
Length: 32.961 mi[1] (53.046 km)
Existed: 1957 – present
Major junctions
South end: US 163.svg US-163 near Mexican Hat
  Utah SR 316.svg SR-316 near Goosenecks State Park
North end: Utah SR 95.svg SR-95 near Natural Bridges National Monument
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[edit]

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. Following this, the road continues north and terminates at SR-95 west of Blanding.[4]

History[edit]

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[edit]

County Location Mile[1] km Destinations Notes
San Juan Mexican Hat 0.000 0.000 US‑163 Begin SR-261
San Juan County 0.874 1.407 SR‑316
32.691 52.611 SR‑95 End SR-261
1.000 mi = 1.609 km; 1.000 km = 0.621 mi

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External links[edit]

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