Valley of the Gods is a 17 mile drive through a redrock desert valley with huge rock formations. It is very similar to Monument Valley, but it takes much less time as it is shorter and closer to the town of Mexican Hat.
This drive features towering rock formations standing above the desert floor.We found a map here that helped us to know what to watch for as we drove, but even if you don’t have a map, you can enjoy the magnificent landscape. We drove this road from east to west as we arrived from Bluff and worked our way over toward Moki Dugway.
Though the road is gravel, it is well maintained in good weather. The drive wasn’t too rough as we observed the scenery, but we had to go slow as the road was unexpectedly rocky at times. We had a lot of fun looking at the rocks and deciding if we thought it looked like the name it had been given on the map. Here are a few examples:
Valley of the Gods can be reached from Bluff or Mexican Hat. From Bluff, drive west on US-163 about 15 miles and watch for a turn off. From Mexican Hat, turn left onto US-261, pass Goosenecks State Park and watch for a turnout on the right side of the road. It is about 9 miles from Mexican Hat.
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