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Areas in Valley of the Gods/Mexican Hat

Anvil, The 1 / 0 / 0 / 0 / 0 / 0 / 0 / 0 / 1
Arrowhead Spire 1 / 0 / 0 / 0 / 0 / 1 / 0 / 0 / 1
Barricade Wall 3 / 1 / 0 / 0 / 0 / 0 / 0 / 0 / 3
Brides of Mine 1 / 0 / 0 / 0 / 0 / 1 / 0 / 0 / 1
Craken Butte 1 / 0 / 0 / 0 / 0 / 1 / 0 / 0 / 1
Eagle Plume Tower 3 / 0 / 0 / 0 / 0 / 2 / 0 / 0 / 3
Franklin Butte 1 / 0 / 0 / 0 / 0 / 1 / 0 / 0 / 1
Goosenecks of the San Juan 0 / 0 / 0 / 4 / 0 / 0 / 0 / 0 / 4
Hand of Puttima, The 1 / 0 / 0 / 0 / 0 / 0 / 0 / 0 / 1
Hen House , The 1 / 0 / 0 / 0 / 0 / 0 / 0 / 0 / 1
Hidden Tower 1 / 0 / 0 / 0 / 0 / 1 / 0 / 0 / 1
Juniper Butte 1 / 0 / 0 / 0 / 0 / 0 / 0 / 0 / 1
Lady in the Bathtub 2 / 0 / 0 / 0 / 0 / 2 / 0 / 0 / 2
McYetta's Loaf 1 / 0 / 0 / 0 / 0 / 1 / 0 / 0 / 1
Mexican Hat 0 / 0 / 0 / 0 / 0 / 2 / 0 / 0 / 2
Mount Chomama 1 / 0 / 0 / 0 / 0 / 1 / 0 / 0 / 1
North Tower 2 / 0 / 0 / 0 / 0 / 1 / 0 / 0 / 2
Petard Tower 1 / 0 / 0 / 0 / 0 / 1 / 0 / 0 / 1
Putterman Residence, The 4 / 0 / 0 / 0 / 0 / 0 / 0 / 0 / 4
Putterman in a Bathtub 2 / 0 / 0 / 0 / 0 / 1 / 0 / 0 / 2
Putterman on the Throne 1 / 0 / 0 / 0 / 0 / 1 / 0 / 0 / 1
Seven Drunken Sailors 2 / 1 / 0 / 0 / 0 / 1 / 0 / 0 / 3
Sitting Hen 1 / 0 / 0 / 0 / 0 / 1 / 0 / 0 / 1
Tides of Mind 1 / 0 / 0 / 0 / 0 / 0 / 0 / 0 / 1
Tighten Up Tower 3 / 0 / 0 / 0 / 0 / 2 / 0 / 0 / 3
Tom-Tom Tower Area 4 / 0 / 0 / 0 / 0 / 1 / 0 / 0 / 4

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.
RAIN, WET ROCK and RAPTOR CLOSURES: The sandstone around Moab is fragile and is very easily damaged when it is wet. Also please ask and be aware of Raptor Closures in areas such as CAT WALL and RESERVOIR WALL in Indian Creek Details

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.

Respect and Protect

Please Respect and Protect archaeological sites: Stay on trail, help prevent damage. Don’t move artifacts, let everyone enjoy the discovery. Stay out of ancient buildings and off walls, they are fragile! Report looting and vandalism: 1 800 722 3998

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Classic Climbing Routes at Valley of the Gods/Mexican Hat

Mountain Project's determination of the classic, most popular, highest rated climbing routes in this area.
C1
Bandito Route
Aid
5.8 5b 16 VI- 15 HVS 4c C1
Plaid Skirted School Girls
Trad, Aid 2 pitches
5.9 5c 17 VI 17 HVS 5a
Boracho Grande
Trad
5.9 5c 17 VI 17 HVS 5a
The Original Route
Trad 2 pitches
5.9 5c 17 VI 17 HVS 5a A1
East Face
Trad, Aid 3 pitches
5.9 5c 17 VI 17 HVS 5a C2-
Angel's Fear
Trad, Aid 2 pitches
5.10 6b 20 VII- 19 E2 5b
Eagle Feather (a.k.a. South Face)
Trad 4 pitches
5.10 6b 20 VII- 19 E2 5b
It's a Mad, Mad, Mad, Mad Putterman
Trad 2 pitches
5.10 6b 20 VII- 19 E2 5b PG13
The Reach Around- Tommy Knocker to To…
Trad 6 pitches
5.10+ 6b+ 21 VII+ 20 E3 5b
(a place in france where the) "Naked…
Trad
5.10+ 6b+ 21 VII+ 20 E3 5b C1
Supercalifragilisticexpialiputterman
Trad, Aid 3 pitches
5.11 6c+ 23 VIII- 23 E4 5c
Loosen Up
Trad
5.11c 6c+ 24 VIII- 24 E4 6a
Tides of Mind- North Face
Trad 2 pitches
Bandito Route Mexican Hat C1 Aid
Plaid Skirted School Girls McYetta's Loaf 5.8 5b 16 VI- 15 HVS 4c C1 Trad, Aid 2 pitches
Boracho Grande Seven Drunken Sailors 5.9 5c 17 VI 17 HVS 5a Trad
The Original Route Juniper Butte 5.9 5c 17 VI 17 HVS 5a Trad 2 pitches
East Face Petard Tower 5.9 5c 17 VI 17 HVS 5a A1 Trad, Aid 3 pitches
Angel's Fear Lady in the Bathtub 5.9 5c 17 VI 17 HVS 5a C2- Trad, Aid 2 pitches
Eagle Feather (a.k.a. South… Eagle Plume Tower 5.10 6b 20 VII- 19 E2 5b Trad 4 pitches
It's a Mad, Mad, Mad, Mad P… Putterman in a Bathtub 5.10 6b 20 VII- 19 E2 5b Trad 2 pitches
The Reach Around- Tommy Kno… Tom-Tom Tower Area 5.10 6b 20 VII- 19 E2 5b PG13 Trad 6 pitches
(a place in france where th… Barricade Wall 5.10+ 6b+ 21 VII+ 20 E3 5b Trad
Supercalifragilisticexpiali… Putterman on the Throne 5.10+ 6b+ 21 VII+ 20 E3 5b C1 Trad, Aid 3 pitches
Loosen Up Tighten Up Tower 5.11 6c+ 23 VIII- 23 E4 5c Trad
Tides of Mind- North Face Tides of Mind 5.11c 6c+ 24 VIII- 24 E4 6a Trad 2 pitches
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What a great place! youtu.be/LKS0veu-358 May 14, 2013
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 Jun 29, 2002

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