Mexican Hat Travel Guide

  • From valley to valley
    From valley to valley
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  • Cedar Mesa framed
    Cedar Mesa framed
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  • Mexican Hat environs
    Mexican Hat environs
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Mexican Hat Things to Do

  • Revelation

    Mexican Hat can be approached from three sides but the best one by far is the northern option. This is the route that comes from the Natural Bridges crosses the Cedar Mesa and ends up at a point of no return. After a grueling drive through some of the most spectacular desert scenery Utah can muster all the way from Escalante, the freelance driver...

  • Toe dipping

    San Juan River is a star canyonmaker: Goosenecks Park area is an impressive testimony. Naturally, one might be tempted to be in contact with a power of this magnitude. The location of Mexican Hat provides the perfect opportunity to do just that. Right beside the bridge that connects the town to the Navajo land across the river there is an access...

  • Play by the book

    Mexican Hat’s location is a superb not only in geographical terms. It has the privilege to be sitting at the border of white folk’s territory and the Navajo nation’s tribal lands. While how independent the latter are is a matter of debate, there is no doubt that a sizable cultural gap is yawning along the San Juan River. Even high and dry Utah is...

  • Abode of Gods

    The Valley of the Gods is the smaller cousin of the Monument Valley and she knows it. Nevertheless, this domicile of deities has no chipped shoulders. Being elusive with the help of the protective locals it adds mystery to mix of sand and stone, wind and sun. When going east from Mexican Hat the entrance can easily be overlooked since there is no...

  • 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


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Mexican Hat Restaurants

  • 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.

  • Don't Forget Insurance

    If your current health insurance doesn't cover you while your abroad, you should consider getting international travel insurance just in case something should go wrong.

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