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Valley of the Gods, Mexican Hat

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The 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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  • This 16-mile outback drive does not replace Monument Valley and does not deserve the “mini” Mon Valley moniker. The monuments and rocky land formations have a distinct cut and swagger all their own. R...  more »
  • We heard this was pretty drive and we continued on for some time but didn't know that it was a drive thru road and turned around to soon. We enjoyed all the different rock formations and views  more »
  • Behind this ironic title is a circuit that will bring closer you to the rocks sculpted by erosion, typical of the region. allow one to two hours with stops to see the end. Also plan an SUV because the path is rugged and not wide at all...
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  • Valley of the Gods' topography performs a marvelous magic trick — a spectacular illusion. As you drive past pinnacles, bluffs and mesas along its winding dirt road, the valley’s skyline appears to kaleidoscopically morph with every turn — a narrow ridge becomes a wide plateau. A butte quickly hides behind other formations. Ancient rocks seem to come to life, changing their formations around you in a shape-shifting embrace. Truly, a magical experience.
  • A wonderful camping experience. After being in Arches and Canyonlands for a week this was a great break from the crowds. We enjoyed every bit of the off-roading and especially camping among the huge rock formations. At night our camper was dwarfed by the towering "Sitting Hen Butte" in the Valley of the Gods. Our camp was frequently surrounded by roaming cattle which tormented our 4 legged travelling buddy - Mason. I recommend this drive over Monument Valley. It was pretty too.... but this is much better for getting away from crowds and getting right up close to the formations. And it is free! Would love to get away from it all and go back to this peaceful paradise!
  • Like Monument Valley, but with less people. Nice place to visit.
  • Amazing place. Amazing landscape! Must see if you visit Arizona!
  • Probably one of the most famous rock formation inside the Valley of the Gods NP. (An hour drive from Monument Valley.) Well worth to visit. Fantastic red rocks.
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