Saturday, July 16, 2016

Utah - Valley of the Gods

Location:

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Description

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.


Another hike:


Back to the car and on to the next lookout:


The road at this point winds around the terrain:


Another hike:


Yup, that's our car way back there:


Back on the road:


Here is the entrance near highway 261:

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