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Better Drive than Monument Valley

We enjoyed this drive better than Monument Valley and it's free. It was more peaceful and you felt closer to the beauty of the area. There were a few sections of this drive that... read more

5 of 5 starsReviewed April 24, 2015
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17 reviews 17 reviews
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed April 24, 2015 NEW

We enjoyed this drive better than Monument Valley and it's free. It was more peaceful and you felt closer to the beauty of the area. There were a few sections of this drive that makes me recommend doing this with at least an awd vehicle. GPS is helpful if you are starting this drive off of 163 as we didn't... More 

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Portland, Oregon
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed March 13, 2015

Take your time, slow down and enjoy the beauty of this drive. You really need to have a camera or two with you as the geological formations are unbelievable. Do NOT take this drive if it is raining or if the road surface is wet.... just a friendly warning! This is a 17 mile loop that crosses several washes and... More 

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Chesapeake, Virginia
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27 reviews 27 reviews
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed March 4, 2015

While the features are not nearly as dramatic as the much more famous and visited Monument Valley, I prefer Valley of the Gods if I had to pick just one locale to visit. There are two main reasons for this-it has much less use and you are able to have some solitude and it is free. Furthermore you can camp... More 

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Bloomfield, New Jersey
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed February 2, 2015

THE VALLEY OF THE GODS- STATE PARK (BLM) (UTAH’S HIDDEN BYWAYS IX) If there were a park that many people drive past without knowing of its existence, it would be VALLEY OF THE GODS STATE PARK. This small, but highly photogenic area, is a condensed version of Monument Valley farther south on the Utah/Arizona border. Its lack of traffic lies... More 

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California
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121 helpful votes 121 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed January 4, 2015

At the end of December 2014, my husband and I visited Monument Valley. I had read about the Valley of the Gods so we decided to visit it. There were no paper maps available at the entry points so I recommend you print the BLM brochure so you will have information on the formations. http://www.blm.gov/pgdata/etc/medialib/blm/ut/monticello_fo/ recreation/recreation_brochures0.Par.95131.File.dat/ VoGbrochure.pdf We entered from... More 

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Cupertino, California
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9 reviews 9 reviews
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed December 30, 2014

I came from the north (the turnoff is right after the Mogi Dugway. First left. it is easy to miss. If you go a mile, turn around. There are signs coming from the south, but not from the north that I saw). At first I was disappointed, but I was not yet in the valley. Once you get there, it... More 

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Madrid, Spain
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed December 10, 2014

The Valley of the Gods can easily be forgotten if you visit Monument Valley based on Kayenta. However, if you happen to be in Mexican Hat or Bluff, this stop is a must for you (and also for the rest, but it will take some more time for you!). The Valley of the Gods is a smaller-scale Monument Valley. It... More 

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Coaldale, Colorado
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed November 30, 2014

If you're traversing from Bluff to Cedar Mesa (UT-261), in either direction, unless you're REALLY late, I can't imagine not taking (San Juan) County 242 through Valley of the Gods. It's not that much longer and you get spectacular shots of hoodoo spires from all possible angles.

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New York City, New York, USA
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed November 2, 2014

Super entrance to the valley is the switchback gravel road..my wife drove and we were laughing and hysterical for 3 miles of narrow over the cliff and over the top views

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Connecticut
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16 attraction reviews
17 helpful votes 17 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed October 16, 2014

The best approach is from Mexican Hat off of US 163-N. It is a gravel road off the left side of the road a few miles north of Mexican Hat. I highly recommend having a vehicle with either AWD or 4WD. The vistas are extraordinary. We were there in late September and only 5 vehicles passed us from the other... More 

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