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Valley of the Gods, Mexican Hat

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Valley of the Gods is a scenic sandstone valley near Mexican Hat in San Juan County, southeastern Utah, part of Bears Ears National Monument. It is north of Monument Valley across the San Juan River and has similar rock formations to Monument Valley with tall, reddish brown mesas, buttes, towers and mushroom rocks remnants of an ancient landscapestanding above the level valley floor.OverviewThe Valley of the Gods area may be toured via a 17mi gravel road that winds around the formations. The road is rather steep and bumpy in parts but is passable by non-four-wheel drive vehicles in dry weather. The western end joins UT 261 shortly before its 1200ft ascent up Cedar Mesa at Moki Dugway, while the eastern end starts from the town of Mexican Hat along US 163 and heads north, initially crossing flat, open land and following the course of Lime Creek, a seasonal wash, before turning west towards the buttes and pinnacles. In addition to the gravel road, the area is also crisscrossed by off-road dirt trails.The valley is public land managed by the Bureau of Land Management. There are no entrance fees and no services of any kind in the valley though a bed-and-breakfast is located near the western end of FR 242.
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  • Why pay to enter Monument Valley while we see the stones from the road and a few km further you can freely visit Valley of the Gods? We slept in our van, on one of many shoulders of the track. We enjoyed to feel alone in the world, at the heart of these spaces and under a magnificently starry sky... It should be careful about the gravel-sand track, and respect the places...
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  • Unlike some reviewers, we had no problem finding Valley of the Gods. The road is a little rough in spots, but much better than Monument Valley. The views are wonderful. You don’t get as close to the m...  more »
  • We pass through the Valley of the gods in the morning and needed with different photo shut about 2 1/2 hours. The gravel road branches off between bluff and Mexican hat of US-163 as of right. You will hardly notice the shield. It was remarkable that we have met anyone except a park warden and two campers on the sandy slope. Necessarily requires a four-wheel drive vehicle with enough ground clearance for the trip. With our Ford Explorer that was not a problem. It has some tricky passages (river crossings and upgrades) but what little skills demand. The landscape is enchanting. DS Valley of the gods better liked than the ride in Monument Valley. You have to take make sure enough water and food. In the Valley of the gods, there is no way to buy food or drinks!
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