Valley of the Gods

Valley of the Gods, Mexican Hat: Address, Phone Number, Valley of the Gods Reviews: 4.5/5

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Sally Thoe Downs
Albuquerque, NM5,094 contributions
Driving through Valley Of The Gods was unplanned. We chose to drive to Blanding using a different route and Moki Dugway was another choice. So just north of Mexican Hat is this rugged and beautiful landscape of southeastern Utah and with a name like Valley Of Gods it sounded pretty spectacular. So we took the opportunity of driving through and the scenery was beautiful. A number of tall, red, isolated mesas, buttes, and cliffs tower above the valley floor and can be seen along the 17-mile gravel road on which it sits. Carved over the course of 250 million years from the Cedar Mesa sandstone, the variety of formations shows the power of time, water, wind, and ice at play in this desert landscape. A worthwhile half an hour's drive!
Written July 3, 2021
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Terry W
Jordan, MN109 contributions
We loved this road and the scenery along it. Crossover SUV's have no trouble on this road, but a sedan or mini-van are not ideal vehicles here. The road is 17 miles long and worth the time to get off the beaten path for a while. Plenty of places for free camping too, as this is BLM land, first come, first served. There are NO facilities here, so you have to pack out everything you bring in, and that means EVERYTHING. Flash floods are a real threat here, so you do have to be careful if the weather turns rough. The road is impassable when it is wet, so if a sudden squall comes through, be prepared to stick around for a while, you might have no other choice.
Written September 29, 2021
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Mark L
Indianapolis, IN33 contributions
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, and there is no entrance fee. We drove west to east from U.S. Route 163, nine miles north of the town of Mexican Hat, to Utah State Route 261. The 17-mile winding gravel road is quite steep and bumpy (so glad we had a rental). There were a few other cars and some people camping, but at times it seemed we had Valley of the Gods all to ourselves, on the same day we had visited a very busy Monument Valley.
Highly recommended if you have the time.
Written June 7, 2022
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Mabel K
New York City, NY36 contributions
Went in Nov and encountered just a few friendly people. Would recommend checking the weather and road conditions if going in a sedan. We didn't but saw one trying to maneuver through a wash. The place itself is raw beauty. I've read reviews comparing it to monument valley saying this would be a disappointment coming from there. I think not.It has it's own contained character. Think of it as a more intimate setting of landscape and rock formations. If Monument Valley is a stadium concert, Valley of the Gods is a concert at the park.
Written December 29, 2021
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Kirk E
Santa Fe, NM998 contributions
Less storied (and less visited) than neighboring Monument Valley, Valley of the God is much more extensive in scope and arguably even more spectacular. A well-graded 16-mile roller coaster of a road winds from one stunning formation to the next and provides access to innumerable camping sites. Sunrise and sunset are the best times to appreciate the park's full splendor, and stargazing here is unsurpassed, with zero light pollution. Fans of Edward Abbey's "Monkey Wrench gang" will recognize the location as the site of an epic showdown between eco-warrior George Hayduke and his vigilante pursuers.
Written September 23, 2020
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RockyTops
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Valley of the Gods is in southern Utah near Mexican Hat off Hwy 163. The area is a small version of nearby Monument Valley. There are no amenities this is a primitive camping area. Pack it in and pack it out, leave it better than you found it!

We camped there the end of Oct 2019 for two days in a 38 ft 5th wheel trailer. The closest neighbor was about one mile away.

Dispersed campsites are located along the 17mile loop road. Big rigs advised to stay in the first two or three sites due to washes in the road. On dry days the road can be traveled by most any car.

We drove the loop Hwy 163 to Hwy 261 and took many pictures of the rock monuments, and then drove up to the top of Moki Dugway. Spectacular view of the valley floor below and over into Monument Valley. We also drove to Gooseneck State Park. The day trip around the area was great, something new to look at and photograph around every turn.

I would recommend this area as a stopover for any one, spend a few days looking at the creation around you and the dark starry nights. Truly amazing!
Written May 1, 2020
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seescokid
Grand Rapids, MI1,477 contributions
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Had a rental Sienna front drive van and had no problem. Yea some washboard, rocks, bumps , blind spots but that keeps the hordes away. The Navajo tribe John Wayne filming area is all closed for the COVID but I don’t see how this can be beat.
We stopped several times for photos/ video and just couldn’t believe how gorgeous it is. Yea it may take a couple hours for 17 miles but was well worth it.
Did Colorado National Monument, Black Canyon of Gunnison, Owl creek pass Ridgway, Mesa Verde and this was my favorite in 3 days.
Written October 13, 2020
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Cynthia K
Westville, IN2,978 contributions
We were planning on driving this road anyway, but the guy checking us in at the campground said this was better than Monument Valley. We really can't compare, since Monument Valley was closed. This turned out to be my husband's favorite thing we saw in the area. Lots of rock formations that you could hike to if you wanted. This is BLM land, so just walk around as you will.

A 2 way gravel road between Hwy 163 & Hwy 261.
17 miles & as others have said - very rough road. Lots of blind curves & for a 2 way road, very narrow. There's lots of pulloffs, & we took our lawn chairs out & ate lunch by some majestic rocks. We also commented about the speed people were driving at. Can't believe they weren't bottoming out in places. Our top speed was 20MPH. We slowed down to about 5MPH in places.

We started at the Hwy 261 side. The scenery really doesn't start getting interesting until about halfway through. Once we got closer to 163, we started seeing people camping (boondocking). Some of the trailers they pulled in were pretty big for how rough the road is. Great campsites though.
Written October 21, 2020
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Timothy G
Westerly, Rhode Island, United States209 contributions
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 probably not healthy for a low ground clearance car. I did see mini vans while here doing just fine on the road.
Written February 10, 2021
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Happys Trails
Prescott, AZ10 contributions
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Highly recommend that you go during the months of September to April. Also pay attention to the sun so that you can possibly park in the shade. Also recommend that you find an elevated campsite or a parking spot so that you can have beautiful views.
Written September 15, 2020
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