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Grand circle ~ minivan OK, or need 4-wheel drive?

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Grand circle ~ minivan OK, or need 4-wheel drive?

We are starting at LAS, traveling east to Monument Valley, up to Arches, and then back down to Zion, returning to LAS. Some of the reviews I read of Mexican Hat, Moki Dugway, and Valley of the Gods mention needing four-wheel drive. We rented a minivan. Do you recommend that we rent an SUV instead?

Thank you!

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Moki Dugway
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Utah
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Mexican Hat, UT
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1. Re: Grand circle ~ minivan OK, or need 4-wheel drive?

You will be doing all of your driving on pavement. No 4WD needed. Moving Dugway has a few gravel segments but will be fine in your vehicle and will not violate rental agreements.

Book a native guided tour at Monument Valley. Your minivan is prohibited by contract on the park loop road.

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2. Re: Grand circle ~ minivan OK, or need 4-wheel drive?

Thank you! Yes ~ we have booked a tour with Navajo Spirit Tours.

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3. Re: Grand circle ~ minivan OK, or need 4-wheel drive?

We have driven all of those with various minivans over the years, and have never had any problem. You should be fine. The roads are all paved, except the following:

- the Monument Valley loop, but you're fine if you've booked a tour.

- the Moki Dugway is an unpaved road and in good condition with a well-graded gravel layer. No problem driving it up or down in a minivan.

- the Valley of the Gods loop is also unpaved and mostly a dirt road. It's in reasonably good condition, but I wouldn't want to drive it when wet. If you're accessing Valley of the Gods from US-163 there's a small wash right near the beginning of the loop. If it's dry, or mostly dry, you'll be fine. Setting aside that your car rental agreement probably wouldn't allow you to drive this road.

- the main road through Mexican Hat is paved. The road to the actual rock formation is gravel/dirt, but it's a short spur of maybe a couple of hundred yards. It's in good shape and easily driveable in a minivan.

Enjoy your visit.

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Utah
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Mexican Hat, UT
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