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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, United States. Formerly part of Bears Ears National Monument, the Valley of the Gods is located north of Monument Valley across the San Juan River and has rock formations similar to those in Monument Valley with tall, reddish brown mesas, buttes, towers and mushroom rocks, remnants of an ancient landscape. On December 4, 2017, President Donald Trump issued a proclamation that reduced the area of Bears Ears National Monument, proclaimed by President Barack Obama on December 28, 2016, with new monument boundaries that exclude the Valley of the Gods. The area remains protected public land administered as an Area of Critical Environmental Concern and managed by the Bureau of Land Management, as it was before the monument designation.
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  • Valley of the Gods isn't as spectacular or as majestic or as awe-inspiring as nearby Monument Valley. But if you plan to visit Monument Valley, a side trip to Valley of the Gods is worth your time... 
    Valley of the Gods isn't as spectacular or as majestic or as awe-inspiring as nearby Monument Valley. But if you plan to visit Monument Valley, a side trip to Valley of the Gods is worth your time...  more »
  • While the mesas, buttes, and rock formations may not be as spectacular as those at nearby Monument Valley, they are still amazing. The valley is public land managed by the Bureau of Land Management.....  more
    While the mesas, buttes, and rock formations may not be as spectacular as those at nearby Monument Valley, they are still amazing. The valley is public land managed by the Bureau of Land Management.....  more »
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  • Beyond my expectations. Fantastic formation’s . About 5 miles in the road was washed out. So I’ll go back with my rubicon to finish the route and camp. There’s plenty of scenic sites It’s free!! Only saw 3 cars in 1.5 hours Like the sign says if it rains the road is impassable.
  • Valley of the Gods is an amazing area. I really enjoyed my time there. Not much traffic on the sceneic loop, which afforded me plenty of time to take pictures. As I went further back on the trail there was snow on the ground which really accentuated it beauty. I wish there were brochures on the area, the brochure holder was empty.

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