Mexican Hat

Mexican Hat
Mexican Hat

Mexican Hat gets its name from the weird rock formation on its outskirts. It’s a tiny place on the San Juan River where we’d stopped for coffee the year before after visiting Monument Valley (see U is for Utah). It’s probably not on everyone’s Utah itinerary, but we liked it so returned to stay for a couple of days. There’s plenty to see. For example, the San Juan gorge is pretty spectacular at Goosenecks State Park.

Goosenecks State Park
Goosenecks State Park

We didn’t actually visit Monument Valley this time since we’d already been – though it felt pretty crass driving straight past – but the Valley of the Gods, a sort of mini-version just north of Mexican Hat, was a good substitute.

The arches in the gallery below are part of Natural Bridges National Monument. According to my diary, we drove there via a road called Moki Dugway and stopped at Muley Point so I’m guessing that’s where the other three photos are. I look slightly nervous…..

As always, it’s good to finish the day with a beer. We liked the sense of humour used to name this one! Polygamy Porter: Why have just one? (We didn’t).

After Mexican Hat, we drove north to Moab.

10 thoughts on “Mexican Hat

  1. Liesbet @ Roaming About May 1, 2019 / 14:30

    Certainly an area I’d like to check out – Valley of the Gods and Natural Bridges, but it looks a tad out of the way of our late-spring plans. One can always return… 🙂


  2. restlessjo March 13, 2015 / 09:37

    Incredible landscape, isn’t it, Annabel? I would love to go there. 🙂


    • Anabel Marsh March 13, 2015 / 10:12

      Yes it is – and as I said, probably not a place a lot of people stop but we loved it.


  3. Nadine March 12, 2015 / 23:06

    Great photos! Those red rock formations are some of my favorites. So beautiful.


  4. Birgit March 12, 2015 / 18:36

    OK scaring me again-you are close to the edge! To me….toooooooooooooo close:) Hahahaaaa I gues that is my freakiness coming out. The pictures are great and they have been in Westerns too, I am certain. Love the name of that beer and the label-very funny. My brother loves tasting beers…do you remember how it was?


    • Anabel Marsh March 12, 2015 / 19:04

      Not my usual sort of beer – very dark, like Guinness. Had to try it though! And you know me and edges: I like to show off on them.


  5. Heyjude March 12, 2015 / 14:20

    Incredible rock formations in that region, and I am not surprised that you look nervous up there! I would have been MUCH further back from the edge!


    • Anabel Marsh March 12, 2015 / 14:29

      I appear very close to the edge in many of our photos – I like to look intrepid! Normally I’m fine, but there’s something about my stance in that one which screams nervousness.

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