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Valley Of The Gods, Utah

Near, Mexican Hat, Utah 84531 USA

Free to Visit
Open Now
Wed 12a-11:59p
  • Independent
  • Credit Cards
    not Accepted
  • Pet Friendly
  • Wheelchair
  • No Public

“Amazing red sandstone rock formations”

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. It is similar to Monument Valley, albeit on a smaller scale, with tall, red, isolated mesas and cliffs standing above the level valley floor, remnants of an ancient landscape. The Valley of the Gods area may be toured via a 17 mile dirt road (FR 242) that winds amongst the eerie formations; this is rather steep and bumpy in parts but should be passable by normal vehicles in good weather. The western end joins UT 261 shortly before its 1,200 foot ascent up Cedar Mesa at Moki Dugway, while the eastern end starts 9 miles 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.

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  • 1 Review
  • 3 Helpful
January 30, 2015
Rated 5.0

One of the coolest places I have ever been too! So secluded and peaceful and truly represents the deserts of Utah in all its glory! Also, my family and I decided to camp here in a tent, instead of driving away from this beautiful location to our reserved campsite an hour away. Probably one of our best decisions we have ever made. You never knew how beautiful and lit up the night sky could be with the millions of stars and galaxies until you have spent a night in the Valley of the Gods.

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  • 5 Reviews
  • 7 Helpful
November 21, 2014
Rated 5.0

This is a really great excursion if you're driving around the area. It's free and appears to be just as cool looking (if not better) than Monument Valley where you have to pay $20 to get in. We were there in November and saw only 2 other vehicles the whole time. There are lots of places to camp inside there too! The road is really good too, unless it rains, then I'm not sure. It's level with very few holes. It would be fun to park and ride your bike around the 17 mile loop. You get a lot of bang for your buck exploring this 17 mile road.

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A. Crews

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  • 82 Helpful
March 13, 2014

I only went about five miles into the 17 before turning around but it was absolutely gorgeous, I got some great pictures there are plenty of pull offs to stop and get some good shots. The only thing is the dirt road is a little bit rough, I was in an '05 Pt. Cruiser and he was having a hard time with some of the hills so it might not be the best for smaller cars.

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  • 28 Reviews
  • 14 Helpful
January 02, 2016
Rated 5.0

Not very big sign to enter a Dirt road loop. SUV is recommended for uneven dirt road. Amazing view. Very few car when we visited before the new year. Amazing, peaceful and spiritual. You can see monument valley from distance

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J. Cohen

  • 9 Reviews
  • 3 Helpful
September 18, 2015
Rated 5.0

Nothing in the world quite like it. Like being in another universe. Breathtaking.

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Nancy Sewell

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  • 173 Helpful
October 23, 2016

Early April and great weather: Free boondock camping at Valley of the Gods BLM area between the towns of Bluff and Mexican Hat along HWY 163; The road through the Valley of the Gods BLM area is a 17-mile dirt road from US Highway 163 to Utah Highway 261.

The biggest thing that limits RV travel is the multiple dips into the many dry washes the snake throughout the area. Some are very deep and you could potential drag the bum end of a longer RV causing damage or even getting it stuck out there. It is even worse for trailers.

The 17 mile loop through the Valley of the Gods is a graded gravel and clay surface road (San Juan County Road #242), that has a few sharp turns, and crosses several washes. It is suitable for passenger cars when the road conditions are dry. However, road conditions vary throughout the year with regional weather conditions. Local inquiry should be made during and after periods of inclement weather.

You can see glimpses of Monument Valley in the far off distance, but really this place is better in some ways. It’s a mini version of the famous Monument Valley without the restrictions, camping fees and spring break crowds.

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  • 4 Helpful
September 19, 2016
Rated 5.0

You could spend hours here if you wanted. Simply beautiful.
There are some tricky parts of the road, so if you're in a little car, you might want to seriously check out the hills/curves.
A good place to get lost for a while and really look out over the earth.
You won't see too many cars, so you'll really feel alone at times- but that's the point of traveling, no?

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Valley Of The Gods, Utah

Mexican Hat, Utah
84531 USA


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  • Independent
  • Credit Cards not Accepted
  • Pet Friendly
  • Wheelchair Accessible
  • No Public Restrooms
  • Outdoor Seating
  • No Wifi
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