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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, 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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  • October 4, 2017
    My wife and I have been to Monument Valley on the Navajo Reservation. We stayed at the View Hotel but due to time constraints we didn’t have a chance to venture into the valley which you can do by eit...  more »
  • October 4, 2017
    Paradise and wild, wonderful and terribly colorful, that's how that was Monument Valley before its degradation by multiple lights, signs and tourist organizations. Here is the track, and dangerous in addition, with impassable periods (when it rains). So not many people. And that's what it takes. See for yourself.
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  • October 1, 2017
    So, you get off the main highway and you're tootling along on the dirt road, and you're thinking this is kind of cool, but that the sites aren't THAT much better than the typical views you get from an...  more »

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