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Valley of the Gods, Mexican Hat

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Geologic Formation · Nature / Park
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, 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 may have reduced the area of Bears Ears National Monument, proclaimed by President Barack Obama in December 2016, with claimed 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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  • Incredible place to visit! If you are short on time take a drive through; if you have more time stop for lots of photos and walks. I recommend a vehicle with decent clearance since some spots are...  more »
  • Another self guided tour stop in Monument Valley. Easy to find and only a short distance on the dirt road. Worth the drive  more »
  • This place is a must see if you are in the 4 corners area. The scenery is beautiful. If it wasn't 40 miles away from Monument Valley it would be world famous. The turn from the road is not well marked, it comes up quick. The dirt road is rough but I made it through in a Sonata. The added bonus was I had the place all to myself on a Monday in July.
  • Who says there is nothing left that is free and worth going to. This is very similar to Monument Valley, without the restrictions and cost. The road is hard packed dirt, with a few rutted areas that require a slow approach. Any car should be able to do this. There are some very beautiful rock formations (mostly on the Eastern half) that rivel Monument Valley. Without stopping, it is about a one hour drive. Highly recommended! *Note: if exiting on 261, head north and the road will take you up the canyon via switchbacks (3 miles on a fairly wide, hard packed dirt road). Fantastic views! Good for any car (not recommended it you are towing or in a large RV). Once at the top turn left on a level, hard packed dirt road, which will take you to Muley Point that overlooks Gooseneck SP on the left, and another canyon to the right. All 3 places took us about 3 hours, but we probably spent an hour of that, stopped to take lots of pictures.
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