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Valley of the Gods is an open valley that is maintained by the Bureau of Land Management. There is a 17 mile dirt road that is nothing more than a plowed dirt path that is passable by family car only in dry weather. There are few areas where the road goes down and crosses a dry river bed. If flooding occurs, those area can be impassible as the entrance signs warn. The road is smooth and there are a lot of pull-off points, but I would recommend a Jeep or high-clearance vehicle if you can rent one.
You'll need to pack a cooler or backpacks with food and drinks. There are no facilities. Nothing is marked and there are no official trails. This area is a very good place for photography since there is nothing to block your view from the scenery that will surround you.
We entered the valley from highway 163:
The first sight we saw was called the Seven Sailors:
Here's a view of what the road looks like:
We stopped at this pull-off and did some hiking:
Back to the road and a few pull-offs:
It seems that many people do not know of this place and we only encountered maybe a dozen cars in the two or three hours it took us to drive and photograph the scenery around this 17 mile road.
Back to the car and on to the next lookout:
The road at this point winds around the terrain:
Yup, that's our car way back there:
Back on the road:
Here is the entrance near highway 261: