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Valley of the Gods, Mexican Hat

Categories: Geologic Formations, Nature & Parks
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4.8/5 based on 280+ 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 was in Monticello Utah getting gas on my way to Monument Valley and I told the man next to me where I was going & he said. Two things, eat at Olde Bridge Grill before the Bridge in Mexican Hat best ...  read more »
  • Don't go to Monument Valley. This valley is very similar but free to visit. Try coming there even in the evening (driving from west tot east) or morning (driving from east to west). The valley looks f...  read more »
  • Best to go early, just as the sun is rising. Or camp overnight to enjoy the stars. Take breakfast with you. Hike a bit. Stunning scenery. 
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