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San Juan River Bridge



San Juan River Mexican Hat

Photo taken by Craig Philpott



Street Views 


Steel through arch bridge over San Juan River on UT 163 in Mexican Hat
Mexican Hat, San Juan County, Utah
Open to traffic
Built 1953
- Utah Crane & Rigging
- W. W. Clyde & Co. of Springville, Utah
Steel through arch
Length of largest span: 190.0 ft.
Total length: 229.0 ft.
Deck width: 20.0 ft.
Eligible for the National Register of Historic Places
Approximate latitude, longitude
+37.15090, -109.86759   (decimal degrees)
37°09'03" N, 109°52'03" W   (degrees°minutes'seconds")
Approximate UTM coordinates
12/600559/4112212 (zone/easting/northing)
Quadrangle map:
Mexican Hat
Inventory number
BH 33520 (Bridgehunter.com ID)
Inspection (as of 08/2015)
Deck condition rating: Satisfactory (6 out of 9)
Superstructure condition rating: Poor (4 out of 9)
Substructure condition rating: Satisfactory (6 out of 9)
Appraisal: Structurally deficient
Sufficiency rating: 35.0 (out of 100)
Average daily traffic (as of 2014)

Update Log 

  • April 13, 2014: New photos from Steve Conro
  • August 30, 2011: Updated by Nathan Holth: Bridge is eligible as of 2010
  • November 25, 2010: New photos from Craig Philpott
  • September 30, 2010: New Street View added by Craig Philpott
  • April 6, 2010: Updated by Craig Philpott: corrected gps



San Juan River Bridge
Posted April 14, 2014, by Craig Philpott (cphilpott [at] puc [dot] edu)

Nice set of new photos and perspectives added on this bridge.

San Juan River Bridge
Posted November 25, 2010, by Craig Philpott (cphilpott [at] puc [dot] edu)

This bridge has been on my list of "must photograph" for a long time. I had to go way out of my way on the way to a Thanksgiving feast to get these pictures. This bridge is one of those classic, "I used to cross this when I was a kid" bridges.

San Juan River Bridge
Posted November 25, 2010, by Todd D. Walker (mrwalk08 [at] aol [dot] com)

Here is another arch that would cool if painted bright yellow. After a hearty Thanksgiving meal, the "Golden Arches" is very distant on my mind. Mickey D's could have a neat ad campaign idea if a steel rainbow arch that resembles the ones spanning their old time restaurants, would be painted yellow.