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Mexican Hat, Utah

Mexican Hat Rock north of the community of Mexican Hat, Utah
The Raplee Anticline (a geologic term for the wavy formations you see in the cliffs) and the San Juan River near Mexican Hat, Utah.

Mexican Hat draws its name from the rock formation that, from some angles, resembles a sombrero which stands along US Highway 163 about two and a half miles northeast of the village of Mexican Hat, Utah.  The town is located 20 miles southwest of Bluff, on the San Juan River.  It was founded in 1908 by E.L. Goodridge with the establishment of an oil claim.  Today, the town is a take-out point for daily San Juan River trips.  Friday and Saturday evenings in the summer, musicians often play at the Mexican Hat Lodge.  It is a jumping off place for day hikes and rides into Johns Canyon, a visit to Valley of the Gods, and hikes on Cedar Mesa.  Lodging, restaurants, tours, and trading posts are available.


In the early years of the twentieth century oil was found seeping from the ground along the San Juan River near what is now the village of Mexican Hat, Utah.  This find began a minerals boom which propelled the sleepy area into a frenzy.  When the boom ended, Mexican Hat was left on its own and has survived boom bust cycles since then, including the massive uranium boom which greatly affected southeast Utah in the middle years of the twentieth century.

For More Information, Contact:

San Juan County Visitor Services
117 South Main Street, P.O. Box 490, Monticello, UT 84535
435-587-3235, X: 5006 · toll-free 800-574-4386 · fax 435-587-2425

Julie Neal wrote on July 17, 2012: My husband and I with our friends took a 2 week motorcycle trip that included Mexican Hat, Utah. The people at Mexican Hat Inn were very courteous and we loved the steak fixed over open grill. We took a sunset ride to Monument Valley and watched the stars take over the sky. As a matter of fact out of the 14 states we visited Utah was our favorite- we loved the Mogi Dugway too. Recommend Mexican Hat to anyone who loves the outdoors. Would love to go back and take some time to enjoy the whole area. Thanks for a great visit!

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Latitude: 37.146908400
Longitude: -109.861564600
Elevation: 4159 FT (1268 M)
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