Camp in the Valley of the Gods

Utah Valley of the Gods, Utah

Added by Mike Fennell

Discover the stunning and unique landforms of this humble valley in southeast Utah. A brilliant alternative to its touristy and pricey next door neighbor, Monument Valley, The Valley of the Gods will provide just as good if not better views, and allows for free camping at your choice of the dozens of spots along the 17 mile dirt road loop.

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, 15 miles west of Bluff and 7 miles east of Mexican Hat, and the other entrance is off Highway 261, 10 miles northeast of Mexican Hat.

Once you've made it on to the road take your time enjoying scenic views of beautiful cedar mesa sandstone monoliths in every direction. These sandstone sentinels have been eroded by wind and water over the course of 250 million years. You may be able to see why they call it The Valley of the Gods by seeing the grand god-like faces carved into the profiles of these monoliths.

Along the 17 mile loop there are several car camping spots that can easily be identified. There are no markers or signs but if you see a open space off to the side of the road that has clearly been cleared out, then park your car and camp away. The only regulation that has been stated by the Bureau of Land Management is that there are no campfires allowed. Other than that, enjoy an immensely gorgeous backyard and embark on a long free roam hike.

Pack List

  • Tent
  • Portable Stovetop
  • Food
  • Water
  • Hiking Shoes
  • Camera
  • Flashlight
  • Sunscreen
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Camping, Hiking, Mountain Biking, Photography

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Beginner

Season:

Year Round

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Features:

Dog Friendly
Easy Parking
Family Friendly
Groups
Scenic

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about 1 month ago

Top 5 Sunset

I'm leaving this review after having just witnessed one of the finest sunsets I've ever seen. This place is magic and empty. Now to find a good hike...

about 1 month ago

Added by Mike Fennell

Professional Landscape Photographer. Currently living in my Sprinter Van and exploring North America

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