You take a short drive from the main road, maybe 2 miles and when the road stops, you get out the car and look down at the San Juan River about 1,000 feet below. When we were there, in the middle of tourist season (end of July) we were the only car there except for the local Navajo selling jewelry.
You hear nothing here except your breathing. You can sit on the rim and just stare down at the river meandering below and enjoy the peace. If you want to go the road less traveled, this is a good stop.
Goosenecks State Park is a real gem. It's a beautiful deep canyon with an oxbox river bending through a steep gorge. It's like your own mini grand canyon! While less known than lots of the surrounding areas, it is nonetheless stunning and well worth a visit!
These sites of natural splendour are not so much in the books of the great National Parks in the South West United States, but ... if you - like me - are going to make a roundtrip along them, you will find a 'empty' gap between Monument Valley (AZ) and Arches N.P. (Moab). This route can be pleasantly filled up with the special places that I show you in this page. A way of making a long drive very scenic and beautiful.