Updated June 04, 2009The Mexican Hat rock formation is a great stopping off point if you are traveling between Monument Valley and Natural Bridges National Monument. The nearby town of Mexican Hat is a small community straddling the San Juan River. Mexican Hat is located on Highway 163, 24 miles west of Bluff. Map
When you see the sombrero-shaped formation, turn off the main road and explore the dirt roads. They are navigable via regular car. You can also explore the banks of the San Juan River closeby.
I enjoyed the drive and hike toward the "indian blanket" design hills and found a mound where I could climb up for a 360 degree view of the San Juan River and Mexican Hat Rock. It's a great place to take pictures.
There are more things to see in the area. Keep driving and head toward Goosenecks State Park, Muley Point Overlook and the Valley of the Gods.
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