Valley of the Gods, Utah

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Valley of the Gods

Visitors come to the Valley of the Gods to experience some of the most unique sandstone formations in the southwest including Rooster Butte, De Gaulle and His Troops, and Lady in the Bathtub.

  • Though less known than Monument Valley, The Valley of the Gods is home to equally unique sandstone formations.
  • Explore the area on a 17 mile scenic drive.
  • Camping is allowed, though no developed campgrounds exist.

Overview

Home to the most unique sandstone formations outside of Monument Valley, the Valley of the Gods is among the most scenic areas in Utah. As with Monument Valley, many of these formations have been given names that describe their shape; names include Rooster Butte, De Gaulle and His Troops, and Lady in the Bathtub.

Location & Information

The Valley of the Gods is located approximately 122 miles south of Moab in southern Utah. The closest city is Mexican Hat, which is about 13 miles away. Access the Valley of the scenic road US-163.

Contact Information

Bureau of Land Management
Phone: (801) 539-4001

Activities

Scenic Drive
FR 242 provides a 17 mile scenic drive through the Valley of the Gods. Though the road is unpaved, in good weather, it should be passable by most vehicles. Take Note: After heavy storms, the road may become impassable.

Hiking
While there are hiking opportunities in the Valley of the Gods, no established trails exist; route finding skills are a must here. Additionally, due to the large expanses between the stone formations, often the few miles hiked will not improve your vantage point.

Camping
Since the Valley is located on public lands, camping is allowed, though no developed campgrounds exist.

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