» MEXICAN HAT/BLUFF, UT
Circuit: Colorado Springs to FOY-2020
Amy Marshall – 775-537-5511 and Joe Wolf – 314-610-5149
The three main sites of interest near Mexican Hat are the overlook at Muley Point, the entrenched river meanders at Goosenecks State Park and the red sandstone formations of Valley of the Gods. After passing the eroded mesas of Monument Valley, highway US 163 crosses 20 miles of rather flat landscape past scattered Navajo houses to Mexican Hat, a small settlement named after a curious formation nearby consisting of a large flat rock 60 feet in diameter perched precariously on a much smaller base at the top of a small hill. The village itself is small, home to fewer than 100 people and offering few facilities, but the surrounding scenery is exceptional and not often visited, featuring 1,200 foot sandstone cliffs at the edge of Cedar Mesa, deep, layered canyons of the San Juan River, vast sandy desert plains, and a wide valley studded with isolated red rock buttes and mesas.
Sand Island Campground. The campground features 23 campsites which are first come first served and self registration at the site. $15 nite ($7.50 with senior pass) Picnic table, fire grate, drinking water usually through October.
South on 191 72 miles, turn left onto US-191 S/S Main Street, 29 miles, left onto Sand Island Rd 0.3 miles, left 50 feet Sand Island Campground. Located on the bank of the San Juan River, 3 miles West of Bluff, Utah. North bank of river, right on Sand Island Road, entrance is a mile E of the HWY 191/US-163 intersection
N37.262825,W109.613237 – Click on link to see Google Map