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Moab in Grand County, Utah — The American Mountains (Southwest)
 

The Neck

Canyonlands National Park-Island in the Sky District

 
 
The Neck Marker image. Click for full size.
By Don Morfe, September 14, 2007
1. The Neck Marker
(Inscription under the image on the right)
The Neck, a narrow remnant of the plateau, provides access to the Island in the Sky. A paved road leads 11 miles to Grand View Point, the southern tip of the Island. The rivers have cut so deeply into the canyons that their confluence cannot be seen from Grand View Point.
Inscription. In front of you the park road crosses a strip of land only 40 feet wide called the Neck. Beyond this point lies an isolated, 43-square mile mesa known as the Island in the Sky. On all sides the Island is bounded by yawning canyons, and cliffs that drop hundreds of feet. The only vehicle access to the Island is across the Neck.

Indians may have set brush traps or fences across the Neck to capture bighorn sheep or other game driven here from the Island or the mainland. Later, cowboys put a gate across the Neck to contain grazing cattle on the Island where fences were not needed. A second gate across the Neck made a handy corral for holding livestock or horses.

Notice the canyons encroaching on the Neck from either side. Water and wind are breaking the sandstone down grain by grain. Given time, the Neck will erode away, cutting off access to the Island in the Sky. (Inscription under the image on the right) The Neck, a narrow remnant of the plateau, provides access to the Island in the Sky. A paved road leads 11 miles to Grand View Point, the southern tip of the Island. The rivers have cut so deeply into the canyons that their confluence cannot be seen from Grand View Point.
 
Location. 38° 27.165′ N, 109° 49.193′ W. Marker is in
The Neck image. Click for full size.
By Don Morfe, September 14, 2007
2. The Neck
Moab, Utah, in Grand County. Marker is on Grand View Point Road. Touch for map. Marker is in this post office area: Moab UT 84532, United States of America.
 
Other nearby markers. At least 3 other markers are within 10 miles of this marker, measured as the crow flies. The Legend of Dead Horse Point (approx. 4.5 miles away); Tracks in the Canyon (approx. 7.7 miles away); Protecting Wilderness (approx. 9.8 miles away).
 
Categories. Natural Features
 
The Neck image. Click for full size.
By Don Morfe, September 14, 2007
3. The Neck
The Neck image. Click for full size.
By Don Morfe, September 14, 2007
4. The Neck
The Neck image. Click for full size.
By Don Morfe, September 14, 2007
5. The Neck
The Visitor Center image. Click for full size.
By Don Morfe, September 14, 2007
6. The Visitor Center
 
 
Credits. This page was last revised on June 16, 2016. This page originally submitted on February 11, 2016, by Don Morfe of Baltimore, Md 21234. This page has been viewed 220 times since then and 44 times this year. Photos:   1, 2, 3, 4, 5, 6. submitted on February 11, 2016, by Don Morfe of Baltimore, Md 21234. • Syd Whittle was the editor who published this page.
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