Mexican Hat Travel Guide

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Mexican Hat Highlights

  • Pro
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     Smack in the middle between two supreme valleys 

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     Little choice of lodging, dining 

  • In a nutshell
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     Good stopping off point 

Mexican Hat Things to Do

  • Nature is building bridges!!!!

    Natural Bridges National MonumentNatural Bridges protects some of the finest examples of ancient stone architecture in the southwest. The monument is located in southeast Utah on a pinyon-juniper covered mesa bisected by deep canyons of Permian age Cedar Mesa Sandstone. Where meandering streams cut through the canyon walls, three natural bridges...

  • Places to visit

    Goosenecks State Park and Valley of the Gods are two sites worth the visit but we were short of time and had to skip these places. May be next time ! However, even if you do not make any visit and only drive the Mokie Dugway, I strongly advise to do it in order to admire these superb landscapes.

  • View on Monument Valley

    We were lucky that a storm was brewing in the background, which made an even more dramatic landscape ! And what a background, Monument Valley itself ! I feel (not absolutely sure) that on the right of the picture, one of the Mittens is showing, still lit by the sun, while the other is further right and already dark, in the storm.

  • Mokie Dugway

    When you drive from Natural Bridges National Monument to Monument Valley, you can take road 261 (the Mokie Dugway) for 50 km. It is an excellent dirt road with a great landscape and if you are used, as we were, to mountain roads and do not care for winding roads at the edge of the abyss, you must do it !

  • monument valley

    monument valley is a valley with buttes, mesas, canyons and free standing rock formations that defy gravity.archaelogists have recorded more than 100 ancient Anasazi sites and ruines dating before A.D. need a guide

  • It's a long way there...................

    Goosenecks State ParkAn incredible series of tight switchbacks of the San Juan River gives the area its name. It offers the visitor a close-up view of an entrenched river meander, one of the most striking and impressive examples on the North American continent. The 1,500 foot deep chasm meanders 6 miles while advancing only 1 1/2 miles. On the...


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  • Rib Eye Steak

    Their specialty is Rib eye Steak Dinner cooked on an open fire (cedar wood) and served in an Old Cowboy style. It might seem to be expensive but it's 18oz. steak and the quality of meat is high and perfectly cooked. Rib Eye Steak

  • Pack a Cooler with Food - Just in Case

    When you're driving through areas such as southeastern Utah, especially with children, it is a good idea to keep a cooler full of sandwich makings - just in case you find yourself unable to find a cafe or restaurant. On this occasion, we found a delightful picnic area along the San Juan River where the kids could run and play, and we could watch...

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  • How does a place get it's name?

    MEXICAN HAT is a tiny desert community of 50 or so people near the southeastern corner of Utah. It sits along the San Juan River among impressive rock formations. It serves mainly as a stopping off point for those traveling to Monument Valley (22 miles southwest) and Natural Bridges National Monument (44 miles north). Mexican Hat is also a...

  • Dip Your Feet in the River

    Mexican Hat is located right on the San Juan River, visible from our motel room. I'll never forgot how much fun my suburb-dwelling daughters had wading and splashing around in the cool waters of the San Juan River.

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