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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.
The 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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  • Don't miss this place if you are visiting Natural Bridges or Monument Valley, it's along the way. The drive in from the west side on Moki Dugway is spectacular and if you go in the afternoon the sun w...  more »
  • It was the best surprise of the day. Hardly anyone on this road, spectacular view with no trace of civilization. It is as spectacular as monument valley. We should have planned more time to drive the ...  more »
  • Valley of the Gods! Stunning! No need to recommend-it speaks for itself! Be careful with the motorcycle but its an awesome ride down from Arches to Mexican Hat and the Monument Valley!
  • A great drive through time.

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