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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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  • If we avoided Monument Valley because of the crowd, here we are alone in the world, or almost, except another car which can be seen from time to time the dust it gives off... We cross dry streams in this plain where stand the buttes, witnesses of a former eroded plateau. It a Monument Valley mini "I walk in beauty, the Navajos pray.» The beauty is in front of me, beauty is behind me, beauty is beyond me I walk with beauty all around me... »
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  • What an amazing experience it was to see this beautifully rugged landscape that appears to have been sculpted by God. We could have spent days sightseeing here. The Navajo we chatted with during our v...  more »
  • This place is a true gem and I'm happy it's protected. This dirt road scenic byway is one of Utah's best. Dry days are best to drive with a moderate high clearance car/suv. I'd only say 4wd is necessa...  more »