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Valley of the Gods, Mexican Hat
(4.8/5 based on 300+ reviews on the web)
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 love this drive. Unlike Monument Valley it is free & the buttes & monuments are just as pretty. The road is a little washboard on the one end. The rock colors are particularly nice at sunset. Beauti...  more »
  • This was a great road through interesting landscape. Careful driving is required and watch for oncoming traffic. Very quiet and less crowded than Monument Valley. 
  • We left Mexican Hat early in the morning and traversed Valley of the Gods east to west with the sun mostly in our back. The unpacked road was in a reasonable condition and should be passible for norma...  more »