Valley of the Gods

Mexican Hat, Utah (SanJuan County)

Last Updated: 09/27/2021
5 / 5 ( 13 reviews )
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Highlight: Valley of the Gods
Valley of the Gods is a scenic sandstone valley that although only a quarter of the size of its big brother, Monument Valley, offers many similar stunning views along the route. The road through the valley is smooth for the most part, offering many places to pull off to take in the amazing sights. Many of the imposing rock formations are named, so use your imagination as you tour the area and see if you can spot formations such as "Lady In The Bathtub" or "Rooster Butte."


Route Information

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1. Trailhead (0 mi)
The trail begins as a well marked intersection on the north side of US 163 N.

Directions to Trailhead

Starting Point: Mexican Hat, UT

From Mexican Hat, UT: Head east on US 163 N for 8.0 miles. The trailhead will be well marked on the left.



Land Use Issues

A large part of southeastern Utah has been newly designated as the 1.35 million-acre Bears Ears National Monument is a newly protected landscape in southeast Utah. History was made when the monument was designated by President Obama because it honored five Native American tribes - Navajo, Hopi, Zuni, Ute Mountain Ute and the Uintah-Ouray Ute Tribe - who sought to have their traditional lands set aside for preservation and continued traditional, recreational and scientific use. Vehicle access in this area has not been affected by this, however large portions of this have been made a Wilderness/Scientific Study area. Please protect this area and stick to designated vehicle routes.

Trail Reviews (13)

Questions & Answers (1)

Q: Is may be a stupid question but I read somewhere that this trail is one way, starting at 163 ending at 261. Is that true? We wanted to start at 261 and finish at 163...
–Allen Shpigel (08/31/2020)
–Greg Stokes (08/31/2020)

Writer Information

Greg Stokes

Mapping Crew - Colorado

Greg Stokes Is a Colorado native, born and raised in Colorado Springs. He has been off-roading since childhood, his parents say his first trip was a Jeep run over Medano Pass when he was only 14 Months old. Greg has been at the wheel of everything from dirtbikes, ATV's, early Jeep CJ5's that he has restored, Wranglers, and presently explores in a 1997 80 Series Toyota Land Cruiser and a 2016 Kawasaki KLR650 motorcycle. Greg is a proud Husband and Father of 3. His passion in the off road world is the vehicle-reliant world of Overlanding. He hopes to one day make it to Canada to Explore the Yukon and Northwest territories.
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