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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. 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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  • I had never heard of Valley of the Gods? During a 6,300 mile cross country trip with my daughter I seen VOTG on the map. I said, "wanna check it out?" So we drove a bit out of our way. OMG was it incr...  more »
  • This is off the beaten path, but a very scenic and quiet spot to camp. Rustic camping. On the night we camped here there were thunderstorms, so we had the place to ourselves. It was a bit eerie campin...  more »
  • Valley of the Gods has so many beautiful scenes to see, may not be as magnificent as Monument Valley but still great views, it is free and you can park and explore by yourself without the need for tou...  more »