Mexican Hat, Utah

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Mexican Hat, Utah
Mexican Hat Lodge
Mexican Hat Lodge
Location in San Juan County and the state of Utah.
Location in San Juan County and the state of Utah.
Coordinates: 37°9′54″N 109°51′56″W / 37.16500°N 109.86556°W / 37.16500; -109.86556Coordinates: 37°9′54″N 109°51′56″W / 37.16500°N 109.86556°W / 37.16500; -109.86556
Country United States
State Utah
County San Juan
 • Total 8.5 sq mi (22 km2)
 • Land 8.2 sq mi (21 km2)
 • Water 0.3 sq mi (0.8 km2)
Elevation 4,244 ft (1,294 m)
Population (2000)
 • Total 88
 • Density 10.7/sq mi (4.1/km2)
Time zone Mountain (MST) (UTC-7)
 • Summer (DST) MDT (UTC-6)
ZIP code 84531
Area code(s) 435
FIPS code 49-49380[1]
GNIS feature ID 1430248[2]

Mexican Hat is a census-designated place (CDP) on the San Juan River in south-central San Juan County, Utah, United States. The population was 31 at the 2010 census, a sharp decline from the previous two censuses.


The name "Mexican Hat" comes from a curiously sombrero-shaped, 60-foot (18 m) wide by 12-foot (3.7 m) thick, rock outcropping on the northeast edge of town. The "Hat"' has two rock climbing routes ascending it. It has frequently been noted on lists of unusual place names.[3]


Mexican Hat Rock

The CDP is on U.S. Route 163 just 3 miles (5 km) south of the junction with State Route 261, and is just outside the northern boundary of both the Navajo Nation and Monument Valley. Goosenecks State Park is located just 9 miles (14 km) west-northwest, Alhambra Rock is 6 miles (10 km) west-southwest, and the Valley of the Gods is to the north on U.S. 163.

According to the United States Census Bureau, the CDP has a total area of 8.5 square miles (22 km2), of which 8.2 square miles (21 km2) is land (96%) and 0.3 square miles (0.78 km2) is water (4%).


According to the Köppen Climate Classification system, Mexican Hat has a semi-arid climate, abbreviated "BSk" on climate maps.[4]


Historical population
Census Pop.
1990 259
2000 88 −66.0%
2010 31 −64.8%

As of the census[1] of 2000, there were 88 people, 29 households, and 22 families residing in the CDP. The population density was 10.7 people per square mile (4.1/km²). There were 32 housing units at an average density of 3.9/sq mi (1.5/km²). The racial make-up of the CDP was 57.95% Native American, 37.50% White, 4.55% from other races. Hispanic or Latino of any race were 6.82% of the population.

There were 29 households out of which 48.3% had children under the age of 18 living with them, 51.7% were married couples living together, 27.6% had a female householder with no husband present, and 20.7% were non-families. 20.7% of all households were made up of individuals and 10.3% had someone living alone who was 65 years of age or older. The average household size was 3.03 and the average family size was 3.43.

In the CDP the population was spread out with 31.8% under the age of 18, 19.3% from 18 to 24, 19.3% from 25 to 44, 25.0% from 45 to 64, and 4.5% who were 65 years of age or older. The median age was 24 years. For every 100 females there were 66.0 males. For every 100 females age 18 and over, there were 76.5 males.

The median income for a household in the CDP was $57,656, and the median income for a family was $58,750. Males had a median income of $41,250 versus $18,750 for females. The per capita income for the CDP was $14,973. There were no families and 6.5% of the population living below the poverty line, including no under eighteens and none of those over 64.


  1. ^ a b "American FactFinder". United States Census Bureau. Retrieved 2008-01-31. 
  2. ^ "US Board on Geographic Names". United States Geological Survey. 2007-10-25. Retrieved 2008-01-31. 
  3. ^ Parker, Quentin (2010). Welcome to Horneytown, North Carolina, Population: 15: An insider's guide to 201 of the world's weirdest and wildest places. Adams Media. pp. xi. 
  4. ^ Climate Summary for Mexican Hat, Utah
  5. ^ "CENSUS OF POPULATION AND HOUSING (1790-2000)". U.S. Census Bureau. Retrieved 2010-07-31. 
  6. ^ Part of 1990's census area is now in Halchita.

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