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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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  • 27 kms in a mini trail Monument Valley everyone less. We ran into few cars and the track is in better condition than that of Monument Valley. Worth a visit if you have time.
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  • Small Monument Valley, much less visited but no less interesting, with mesa, canyon and impressive rock formations. It runs by car, even sedans, and it's really amazing. Not to be missed!
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  • Ballad beautiful to do even with a passenger car you will not be disappointed at the end of the ride ride on the unpaved road if you do not fear the void in car
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