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Tucked away in the remote landscape of southern Utah, Mexican Hat delivers a truly unique, raw experience of the American Southwest. Known for its signature sombrero-shaped rock formation, it’s a must-visit location for those yearning for awe-inspiring natural beauty.

History

As part of the wild Utah backcountry, the Mexican Hat area has rich cultural and geological history. Indigenous tribes, like the Navajo and Anasazi, have called this region home for centuries. Mexican Hat was named after a curiously sombrero-shaped, 60-foot wide by 12-foot thick, rock outcropping that stands on a small hill.

How to Get There

Mexican Hat is located on Highway 163, about 24 miles west of Bluff, Utah, and 52 miles south of Blanding. The closest major airport is Four Corners Regional Airport in Farmington, New Mexico. From there, car rental services are available to drive the remaining distance.

List of Attractions

  • The Sombrero-shaped Mexican Hat rock formation: A scenic marvel nothing short of a photographer’s dream.
  • Valley of the Gods: An off-the-beaten-path area filled with massive sandstone structures.
  • San Juan River: Ideal for peaceful raft trips.
  • Goosenecks State Park: Offers incredible views of the San Juan River’s intricate, winding canyons.
  • Muley Point: Provides an excellent panoramic overlook of the San Juan River, Valley of the Gods, and Monument Valley.

Ticket Information

Exploring Mexican Hat itself is free of charge. However, some nearby landmarks like Goosenecks State Park charge an entry fee of $5 per vehicle. Always check for the latest updates online.

Tips for Visiting

  • Carry plenty of water, sunscreen, and snacks as facilities can be sparse.
  • Wild temperatures swings are common; be prepared with layered clothing.
  • While in the area, consider exploring nearby Monument Valley or Natural Bridges National Monument.
  • Stay vigilant and respectful of native plants and wildlife.

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