The Best Photography in Mexican Hat

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Top photography spots in and near Mexican Hat

  • Mexican Hat, Utah

    Camp in the Valley of the Gods

    5.0
    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 either direction. One entrance is off Highway 163,...
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  • Mexican Hat, Utah

    Hike the Honaker Trail

    4.0
    5 mi / 1010 ft gain
    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 ‘Honaker Trail’ was to act as a supply route for the go...
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  • Mexican Hat, Utah

    Camp at Muley Point

    5.0
    0.25 mi
    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 mouth of Monument Valley. It is a breathtakingly be...
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  • San Juan County, Utah

    Camp at Goosenecks State Park

    4.3
    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 anyone hoping to learn about geology, get far away fr...
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  • San Juan County, Utah

    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, and there are also bathrooms if you need them. ...
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  • San Juan County, Utah

    Backpack Great Gulch: Kane Gulch to Bullet Canyon

    5.0
    25 mi
    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 park your vehicle, pick up permits, and purchase are...
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  • Mexican Hat, Utah

    Explore Forrest Gump Hill

    5.0
    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 unbelievable view. From the most iconic site within M...
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  • Lake Powell, Utah

    Hike to Horse Collar Ruin at Natural Bridges National Monument

    5.0
    3.2 mi / 500 ft gain
    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 test of time after being abandoned by native people m...
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  • Monument Valley Navajo Tribal Park, Arizona

    Explore Hunts Mesa at Monument Valley

    / 1200 ft gain
    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 around the backside of the mesa. Even if you did ...
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  • Oljato-Monument Valley, Arizona

    Wildcat Trail in Monument Valley

    5.0
    3.98 mi / 397 ft gain
    When facing The View from the parking lot, Wildcat Trail is off to the left where the campground is located. It's a 3.2 mile, self-guided loop that takes you around the West Mitten Butte. If you're hiking during the summer be sure to go early and bring a lot of water. You're fully exposed on t...
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  • Oljato-Monument Valley, Arizona

    Camp at The View Campground in Monument Valley

    4.3
    3.2 mi / 0 ft gain
    Other than the spectacular landscape, the park really doesn't possess any of the attributes one would associate with the "wild west." Rather, an introduction to the Navajo culture is what awaits visitors. Located on the Navajo Reservation, a vast parcel of land spanning portions of Western New Me...
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  • Oljato-Monument Valley, Arizona

    Drive the Scenic Loop of Monument Valley

    5.0
    17 mi
    Be ready to embark on this 17 mile monumental scenic drive. The loop includes 11 numbered viewpoints and you can expect to spend between 2-4 hours in the park. For the best experience, check park hours and arrive early before the 15 mph traffic begins to stack up.  You will find the beginning of ...
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  • Oljato-Monument Valley, Utah

    Hike to Goulding Arch

    0.6 mi / 78 ft gain
    ...Who doesn't enjoy short hikes to beautiful landscapes?! I know I do when I'm pressed for time! This 0.6 out and back hike will lead you to an arch that doesn't get as much recognition due to it being directly across the street from Monument Valley Road taking you into the park. The hike starts...
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  • Lake Powell, Utah

    Hike Moqui Canyon

    5.0
    11.1 mi / 1614 ft gain
    Hidden in Moqui Canyon is an ancient petroglyph site, with pictures of animals such as bighorn sheep. The long, shallow alcove hosting the petroglyphs was once an Ancestral Pueblo dwelling. 
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  • Lake Powell, Utah

    Hike to the Ancestral Puebloan Ruins in Forgotten Canyon

    4 mi / 200 ft gain
    The Ancestral Puebloan Ruins found up Forgotten Canyon can only be described as awe inspiring and humbling. The small adobe brick homes are known as the Defiance House. It is believed that there were a couple of families (15-20 people) who dwelled in these homes circa 1200 A.D. These ruins can ...
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  • Lake Powell, Utah

    Hike to Tapestry Wall

    4 mi / 650 ft gain
    The hike to Tapestry Wall is accessed by the waters of Lake Powell. The hike is approximately one hour each way. You will cross several huge dry pools in a gully when starting out.When the water is down more than ~50', the access for the hike is much further downstream. Cairns lead across the sli...
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