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Valley of the Gods, Mexican Hat

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Geologic Formation Nature / Park
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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  • We took this road on our way to Shiprock, NM. We drove the road in our rental car, an Infiniti QX70. The road was not bad at all. It was a little bumpy in some parts of it. Our car was completely cove...  more »
  • I agree with so many of the reviews here. This place is equally as beautiful as Monument Valley but almost totally empty. We were the only car on the road for most of the drive. The rock formations ar...  more »
  • Sitting just before (when going west) Monument Valley, Valley of the Gods is a truly hidden gem that is really a must when visiting the Four Corners area. This 16 miles long winding gravel road takes ...  more »