Top Adventures in Mexican Hat

  • Camp in the Valley of the Gods

    The dirt road loop is relatively smooth and can be driven on by just about any car, campervan, or RV. However, check the weather beforehand because some areas can become flooded after rain and will be a difficult mud crossing. It can be driven in ...

  • Hike the Honaker Trail

    In the days of Utah's Wild West gold rush (circa 1890s), a man named Henry Honaker decided to build a supply route from the San Juan River to the cliffs tops, roughly 1200 feet, above. The roughly hewn trail that Henry built; aptly named the ‘Hona...

    5 miles 1010 ft gain

  • Camp at Muley Point

    Muley Point on the southern end of the Cedar Mesa is one of the finest camping (and car camping) sites in North America, towering some 2400' above the San Juan River Canyon (and The Goosenecks State Park) looking south directly into the northern m...

    0.25 miles

  • Camp at Goosenecks State Park

    Located near the southern border of the state, Goosenecks State Park is a small slice of Grand Canyon views in Utah. The park overlooks the meanders of the San Juan River, and canyons that have eroded over the millennia. This park is great for any...

  • Catch a Sunset at Goosenecks State Park

    For a small entrance fee of $5, you have the chance to photograph a beautiful canyon view without having to hike miles and days to get to it. Enjoy this rare luxury! There is a pavilion with a picnic table for dinner while you wait for the sunset,...

  • Raft the Lower San Juan River

    The put-in for the lower segment of the San Juan river is in the center of Mexican Hat. This is a permitted section of river run by a lottery, and you work to secure a permit through https://www.recreation.gov/permits/250986 Briefly after take off...

  • Raft the Upper San Juan

    The "Upper" San Juan is about 27 miles of river, and can be completed in a 2-4 day float. It is a permitted river, and trips launching between April 15 - July 15 obtain permits through a lottery draw negotiated on https://www.recreation.gov/. Appl...

  • Backpack Great Gulch: Kane Gulch to Bullet Canyon

    One of the many wonderful hidden gems in Utah (so just tell you close friends about it).Kane Gulch is located four miles south of the Highway 95/Highway 261 junction. At the Kane Gulch ranger station you will be able to use restrooms, overnight pa...

    25 miles

  • Backpack Grand Gulch

    Bears Ears National Monument is a truly special place. We voyaged willingly on a journey of discovery into the roots of who we are as human beings, and we were not disappointed: the ruins accessible in the canyons brought tears to our eyes. While ...

    10 miles 600 ft gain

  • Explore Forrest Gump Hill

    If you are in or around Monument Valley, the drive and corresponding effort to get to Forrest Gump Hill is minimal. The location is known most notably as the spot where Forrest Gump ended his cross-country run in the movie. It's also simply an unb...

  • Hike to Horse Collar Ruin at Natural Bridges National Monument

    Natural Bridges National Monument is one of Utah's many geologic wonders. While this monument is primarily known for its bridges, it also has an impressive collection of cliff dwellings known as Horse Collar Ruin. The dwellings have passed the tes...

    3.2 miles 500 ft gain

  • Explore Hunts Mesa at Monument Valley

    Though there are many unique viewpoints from within and around Monument Valley, none is as grand as the view from Hunts Mesa! Not easily accessible, the only way to get to Hunts Mesa is through an authorized tour guide via a ~2 hour off-road drive...

    1200 ft gain

  • Nearby camping, hotels, and more

    • Bluff, Utah

      Sand Island Group Sites

      Overview Sand Island Campground’s two group campsites are ideal for groups wishing to be close to the town of Bluff and the San Juan River. The area offers outdoor enthusiasts many options for riv...

    • Oljato-Monument Valley, Utah

      Monument Valley Koa

    • Blanding, Utah

      Nizhoni

      Overview Nizhoni Campground sits in the Manti-LaSal National Forest in southeast Utah, at the foot of the Abajo Mountains.Recreation Popular activities include hiking, wildlife viewing and off-road...

    • Monticello, Utah

      Devils Canyon

      Overview Devils Canyon Campground sits in the Manti-LaSal National Forest of southeast Utah at the foot of the Abajo Mountains. Recreation Several miles of off-road vehicle trails crisscross the Ab...

    • Monticello, Utah

      Buckboard

      Overview Buckboard Campground sits in the Manti-LaSal National Forest in southeast Utah at the foot of the Abajo Mountains. Visitors enjoy fishing and exploring local trails.Recreation Popular acti...

    • Halls Crossing, Utah

      Halls Crossing RV and Campground

      A secluded getaway with spectacular views of Lake Powell.This campground is one of the quietest places on Lake Powell. The adjacent Village Store provides food and beverages for your stay, and don’...

      From $47/night

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