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Valley of the Gods


Valley of the Gods is a dead-end valley a few miles north of the town of Mexican Hat, Utah, in the southeast corner of the state. Its appearance reminds me of Monument Valley, which is about 30 miles (48 km) away.

I visited it briefly during a road trip to Moab. From Moab I drove south through Monticello, Blanding, and bluff, then followed the loop road through the valley. When I got there it was sunny, bright, and calm, with puffy clouds in the sky. Within about an hour it changed drastically as a storm passed through from the southwest. It got darker. A breeze developed. The breeze became a strong wind that brought rain sprinkles and lots of airborne sand, turning the air red-orange. The transition was dramatic.

There is primitive camping at established sites in the valley. There is no water, no toilets, no picnic tables, no anything except barren campsites. In 2014 the BLM’s website notes that campfires are prohibited.
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Bland scenery at the entrance bulletin board
Bland scenery at the entrance bulletin board
Puffy clouds
Puffy clouds
Gods of the valley
Gods of the valley
Delicious scenery
Delicious scenery
Standing tall
Standing tall
Foretatse of changing weather
Foretatse of changing weather
Big sky---and this is not Montana
Big sky---and this is not Montana
Rain threatens the Green Weenie
Rain threatens the Green Weenie