If you want to get away from the hovering tourists, busy parking lot kind of campsites and beaten trails, then Valley of the Gods in Utah is the the right place!. It is an amazing sandstone valley to spend time alone with nature. Most of the tourist visit the famous monument valley. But we think Valley of the Gods is much better. Less people, off beaten trails, free entry, photo opportunity everywhere, spectacular scenic drive and dispersed camping (also free)! Just the way we like it.
Its in southeastern part of Utah on route 163. Nearest towns are Mexican hat and Bluff. They are about 13miles and 22 miles from Valley of the Gods respectively. Monument valley is about 34 miles distance. The road through the valley of the gods is fully dirt, clay and number of washes all along. So, Don’t visit during or after rain.
Check out this link for more details about the location of each buttes in Valley of the Gods.
All you need to know about Valley of the gods
Valley of the gods, a red dessert with number of towering sandstone buttes forming stunning views at every turn. This place is maintained by the Bureau of Land management, hence free entry and free dispersed camping is permitted for upto 14 days. All those monolithic towers which you see along the way are formed by water erosion and wind sculpting inch by inch over eons of time.
Scenic Drive, Hiking and camping
The valley has a 17 mile unpaved loop with towering buttes all along the way. Road is suitable for any car or trailer if you drive carefully. However, you would find yourself leaving a trail of red dust. Along the way, you will find lots of campsites and unmarked trails. Some of the trails lead to the top of tower.
When we went, it was cloudy and foggy on and off as you can see in some pics. Pictures would be better with clear sky in the background. So, plan accordingly.
Camping : This is one of the best place to camp under the night sky filled with stars. Since its BLM, you can stay up to 14 days for free. Just remember that campfires are not allowed.