Valley of the Gods/Mexican Hat Rock Climbing
One of the towers in the Valley from a balloon
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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.
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.
Weather station 7.5 miles from here
45 Total Climbing Routes
['4 Stars',2],['3 Stars',15],['2 Stars',22],['1 Star',5],['Bomb',1]
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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