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Valley of the Gods/Mexican Hat  


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A night shot of North Tower and Arrowhead Spire.

Description 

This is a remote area of high adventure climbing. Mexican Hat is one of the easiest desert summits to reach, and the approach is casual. Valley of the Gods is notorious for loose scary climbing, and this beautiful area is pretty much deserted. Well worth the long drive - you'll have any route here to yourself.

Getting There 

From Moab, take US 191 south past Monitcello and Blanding to US 163. Head west towards the town of Mexican Hat. The Valley of the Gods road is marked, and Mexican Hat is totally obvious on the south side of the highway. This is not a short drive - it is several hours from Moab.

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Weather station 7.5 miles from here

34 Total Routes

['4 Stars',1],['3 Stars',11],['2 Stars',17],['1 Star',4],['Bomb',1]
['<=5.6',1],['5.7',0],['5.8',6],['5.9',7],['5.10',12],['5.11',3],['5.12',0],['5.13',0],['>=5.14',0],['',0],['<=V1',0],['V2-3',3],['V4-5',0],['V6-7',0],['V8-9',0],['V10-11',0],['V12-13',0],['>=V14',0]

The Classics

Mountain Project's determination of some of the classic, most popular, highest rated routes for Valley of the Gods/Mexican Hat:
Bandito Route   C1     Aid, 1 pitch, 40'   Mexican Hat
Eagle Feather (a.k.a. South Face)   5.10 6b 20 VII- 19 E2 5b     Trad, 4 pitches, 350'   Eagle Plume Tower
(a place in france where the) "Naked Ladies Dance"   5.10+ 6b+ 21 VII+ 20 E3 5b     Trad, 1 pitch, 125'   Barricade Wall
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(a place in france where the) "Naked Ladies Dance" 5.10+ 6b+ 21 VII+ 20 E3 5b  UT : Moab Area : ... : Barricade Wall
This long line on great rock goes as a lie-back or straight in, up almost vertical rock. There are a couple of rests but the crux is just not running out of steam! This is so much fun it is a shame it is so far off... or not....[more]   Browse More Classics in UT

Photos of Valley of the Gods/Mexican Hat Slideshow Add Photo
From the top of the Anvil
From the top of the Anvil
Putterman on the Throne and Bathtub in Valley of the Gods
Putterman on the Throne and Bathtub in Valley of t...
A panorama showing some of the towers and formations of the Valley of the Gods.  <br /> <br />Ben is visible on the far right standing between North Tower and Arrowhead Spire.
A panorama showing some of the towers and formatio...
One of the towers in the Valley from a balloon
One of the towers in the Valley from a balloon
Valley OF The Gods in the winter fog Jan. 2009
Valley OF The Gods in the winter fog Jan. 2009
Valley of the Gods, stormy day. On right, Eagle Plume; center is Tom-Tom Tower; left is Putterman In the Bathtub
Valley of the Gods, stormy day. On right, Eagle Pl...
View from Valley of the Gods looking South into Monument Valley. <br />Photo: Dave Fiorucci
View from Valley of the Gods looking South into Mo...
Ben K tossin the ropes off of the Anvil.
Ben K tossin the ropes off of the Anvil.
Here's to core shots and Guinness Black Lager!
Here's to core shots and Guinness Black Lager!
Valley of the Gods
Valley of the Gods
Oljato Monument Valley, Gooseneck SP (San Juan River) from Valley of the Gods
Oljato Monument Valley, Gooseneck SP (San Juan Riv...
Mexican Hat
BETA PHOTO: Mexican Hat
Eagle Plum Tower from south-east
Eagle Plum Tower from south-east
Rooster Butte before sunrise. <br />Photo: Dave Fiorucci
Rooster Butte before sunrise.
Photo: Dave Fiorucci
Seven drunk sailors anyone know where the real route is on this thing? I found a reasonable way up ropeless but still wanna do the original route
Seven drunk sailors anyone know where the real rou...
Mexican Hat Rock
Mexican Hat Rock
Scoping new route on Putterman, Eagle Plume Tower on right 2008_07_05 <br />photo: Jacek "Malory" Lupina
Scoping new route on Putterman, Eagle Plume Tower ...
Puttermans on left, Eagle Plum Tower on right, view from north-east
Puttermans on left, Eagle Plum Tower on right, vie...

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By Anonymous Coward
Jun 29, 2002
We climbed the Prayer Stick (5.10+) at Comb Ridge. Just a few miles west of Bluff, the climb goes up the south side of a pillar (@200')in 3 pitches. The middle pitch is the crux. Bring at least 3 #3, 2 #4 and 1 #5 camalots to be safe. It is called a lieback by Cameron Burns in his Selected Desert Climbs. I think the follower could but I did it as an OW. It felt solid 11. Two bolts at the top made it a lieback at long last. I wouldn't do it again due to the portions of soft rock, otherwise, very exciting. Manuel
By Roy Suggett
May 14, 2013
What a great place! youtu.be/LKS0veu-358