Valley of the Gods

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Valley of the Gods

The Valley of the Gods is a scenic sandstone valley near Mexican Hat in San Juan County, southeastern Utah, part of Bears Ears National Monument. It is north of Monument Valley across the San Juan River and has similar rock formations to Monument Valley with tall, reddish brown mesas, buttes, towers and mushroom rocks —remnants of an ancient landscape—standing above the level valley floor.[1][2]


Castle Butte

The Valley of the Gods area may be toured via a 17-mile (27 km) gravel road (FR 242) that winds around the formations. The road is rather steep and bumpy in parts but is passable by non-four-wheel drive vehicles in dry weather. The western end joins UT 261 shortly before its 1,200-foot (370 m) ascent up Cedar Mesa at Moki Dugway, while the eastern end starts 9 miles (14 km) from the town of Mexican Hat along US 163 and heads north, initially crossing flat, open land and following the course of Lime Creek, a seasonal wash, before turning west towards the buttes and pinnacles.[1] In addition to the gravel road, the area is also crisscrossed by off-road dirt trails.

The valley is public land managed by the Bureau of Land Management. There are no entrance fees and no services of any kind in the valley though a bed-and-breakfast is located near the western end of FR 242.[2]

In popular culture[edit]

The valley has been used as the backdrop for western movies, commercials and television shows including two episodes of the BBC science fiction show Doctor Who: "The Impossible Astronaut" and "Day of the Moon", the second of which includes an explicit on-screen reference to the filming location.[2][1][note 1]

Aerial view of the Valley of the Gods near Mexican Hat


  1. ^ The 1984-1987 CBS TV show Airwolf is often mistakenly identified as being filmed in Valley of the Gods due to an in episode mention but was filmed in Monument Valley.


  1. ^ a b c "Valley of the Gods Brochure". Utah Travel Industry Website. Retrieved 7 June 2013. 
  2. ^ a b c "Valley of the Gods" (PDF). Bureau of Land Management. Retrieved 7 June 2013. 

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Coordinates: 37°14′11″N 109°48′49″W / 37.23639°N 109.81361°W / 37.23639; -109.81361