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Valley of the Gods - 5 members in 11 triplogs have rated this an average 3.6 ( 1 to 5 best )
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Feb 14 2019
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46 male
 Joined Dec 30 2007
 Avondale,Az
Valley of the GodsSoutheast, UT
Southeast, UT
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StoicTriplogs 546
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We ended our day at Valley of the Gods. Its one of my favorite camping spots.
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Oct 15 2018
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46 male
 Joined Dec 30 2007
 Avondale,Az
Valley of the GodsSoutheast, UT
Southeast, UT
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StoicTriplogs 546
Scenic Drive17.00 Miles 1,300 AEG
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Adding some needed miles to the trip, we drove out to Valley of Gods to have lunch. We then drove up to Moki Dugway, then headed back to Arizona.



This trip was designed to hit 100,000k on my Xterra..
The whole adventure --- [ gps route ]
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Apr 07 2018
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73 male
 Joined Nov 21 2015
 Grand Junction,
Valley of the GodsSoutheast, UT
Southeast, UT
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Steph_and_BlakeTriplogs 184
Scenic Drive17.00 Miles 1,300 AEG
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Stephanie and Blake Barnard
Oct 04 2017
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66 male
 Joined Jan 23 2008
 Phoenix, AZ
Valley of the GodsSoutheast, UT
Southeast, UT
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AZWanderingBearTriplogs 700
Scenic Drive16.35 Miles 889 AEG
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Day 1 and 2 of 14-day SE Utah trip. Dinner in Mexican Hat at the Swinging Steak followed by camping just off the 17 mile drive through VOTG and just above Lime Creek and across from the Seven Sailors. Full moon so bright it gave even blades of grass a shadow in the night. Snuck back into Mexican Hat for breakfast and then finished the drive through VOTG. The drive begins kind of slow I think, but it really hits a stride halfway through its 17 miles. Midmornig sun made photography futile, but I snapped dozens anyway. The 250 million year old Cedar Mesa sandstone certainly makes for interesting sculptures: buttes, towers, mesas, spires.
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Jul 29 2017
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46 male
 Joined Dec 30 2007
 Avondale,Az
Valley of the GodsSoutheast, UT
Southeast, UT
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StoicTriplogs 546
4x4 Trip20.00 Miles 403 AEG
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[size=150]Valley of the gods/Moki Dugway 4x4 trip On the way back to Phoenix, we took a short detour. We drove through Valley of the Gods and up to Moki Dugway Point. Some really nice views at Moki Dugway. Next time im in the area, I will take the time to drive out to Muley Point.[/size]
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Feb 26 2014
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71 male
 Joined Feb 12 2002
 Gold Canyon, AZ
Valley of the GodsSoutheast, UT
Southeast, UT
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AZLOT69Triplogs 2,004
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Early morning photo trip.
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Nov 03 2013
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52 male
 Joined Aug 20 2009
 Mesa, AZ
Valley of the GodsSoutheast, UT
Southeast, UT
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I enjoyed this area. No hiking restrictions, no rules, no people. We approached from the West entrance to Valley of the Gods Road. Before turning right onto the dirt road, we continued past the turnoff and took the winding road up to a lookout near the top of the East facing cliffs. This is a cool little drive full of winding switchbacks. Its hard to even see that there is a road going up these cliffs. The whole ride it was like staring at one of those illusions posters. We knew the road went to the top, but it just seemed to not be there when you glanced up ahead to try and figure it out. Great views of the Valley down below. I highly recommend this short side trip before or after your tour through the Valley.

There are many interesting monuments. We came up with our own names for many of them. There was "the angry bride", Aunt Jemima, the train. Just like staring at cloud shapes, its fun to come up with your own imaginative creations. We stopped near a monument we called "the train." Anna and I hiked around the monument in a clockwise loop. There was a dry wash on the east side that would make for an incredible oasis if water were running through.
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May 10 2013
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59 female
 Joined Aug 19 2011
 Scottsdale, AZ
Valley of the GodsSoutheast, UT
Southeast, UT
Car Camping avatar May 10 2013
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Enroute to a Backpack Trip...Day 1 was a travel Day with Car Camping in Valley of the Gods, UT. Alex flew in from New Jersey. Then Alex, Linda and I headed up to Flagstaff to meet up with the California Crew, Paul and Lani....Had lunch in Flagstaff before continuing on to the Valley to settle in for our first night.

I have skirted the "edge" of Monument Valley before, enroute to Four Corners, but have never taken the Highway north of Kayenta and seen the depth of it before, so it was a very sweet drive. Everything north on that Highway from Kayenta was new territory for me, including that SE Corner of Utah, so it was a real treat, especially with the Clouds and Storms floating around in the area. For once, I actually found it hard to gawk and drive at the same time, although I don't think I scared my fellow riders too much.... :lol: And of course, as I'm marveling at finally being able to witness this amazing Geology in person, the thoughts are pouring into my head of future plans to this area.... :D

We arrived in the Valley of the Gods late afternoon, to ominous looking Storms encircling us...Amazingly, we only got some Wind and a little bit of drizzle, but it certainly looked like the areas around us were getting dumped on, including parts of Cedar Mesa, where we would be heading the next morning...

After settling in and enjoying a few cocktails, the Wind died down and we were able to enjoy a brief Campfire before turning in. Since I drove, I had the luxury of sleeping in the Car on a nice, comfy air mattress, knowing that the next five nights would not be nearly as comfortable... :sweat: Now, if I could have just stuffed a sock up Paul's nose across the way in his vehicle, I might have gotten to sleep at a decent hour... :sl: But then again, probably not, as the excitement of the Trip was too much anyway.... :D

Woke up the next morning to clear Skies and a really nice view, lit up by the Morning Sun...Got packed up and headed on to our next stop...Really enjoyable first day of the Trip with good, fun company.... :D :y:
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41 female
 Joined Apr 10 2013
 Yuma, AZ
Valley of the GodsSoutheast, UT
Southeast, UT
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VixenTriplogs 25
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Jan 16 2011
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41 male
 Joined Apr 03 2006
 Pocatello, ID
Valley of the GodsSoutheast, UT
Southeast, UT
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PaleoRobTriplogs 1,128
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Drove around trying to find the Bluff Balloon rally's VotG flight. We got up at 4 to make it happen, but there was no action in the Valley of the Gods. Lots of other disappointed people out there. We headed towards Bluff, to see if we could talk to our friend who is a pilot and instead saw that the balloons were flying over Bluff!
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May 18 2008
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62 male
 Joined May 14 2003
 Ahwatukee, AZ
Valley of the Gods, UT 
Valley of the Gods, UT
 
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Day 1 - Comb Ridge - see http://hikearizona.com/photocodeZOOM.php?ID=5467

Day 2 - Cedar Mesa - see http://hikearizona.com/photocodeZOOM.php?ID=5489

Day 3 - Sunday May 18th - In direct contrast to the Camp #1 Comb Ridge early morning temperatures (40 degrees F per the Jeep thermometer), Camp #2 Cedar Mesa were absolutely perfect. It was incredibly still during the night with nary a hint of civilization in this remote location - just the faint chirping of crickets and the odd yip from the coyotes. It was my turn on breakfast duty and the first order of the day was to get that coffee brewed! Put the sacrificial strip of bacon into the frying pan and started cooking up the hash browns followed later by the bacon. After breakfast, it was time to break camp and head over to Cigarette Springs Road and Fallen Roof Ruins. Just as we were packing up, had our first human encounter on Cedar Mesa as a group of 3 hikers pulled up to the Moon House Ruins trail head. After a good conversation with our New Mexico "visitors", we were soon continuing our 4WD trek west along Snow Flat Road (CR237) until the Hwy 261 junction. South on Hwy 261, passing some familiar Grand Gulch trail head names, until we reached Cigarette Springs Road (CR239).

Hike #8 - Fallen Roof Ruins (4.25 miles) - This set of ruins, along with House-on-Fire Ruins, have garnered a reputation amongst the outdoor photographers' fraternity as absolute essentials in any serious portfolio. Google these two names and see how many hits you get... We dodged many cows on the open range heading to the trail head. Once there, parking was at a premium with 4 other vehicles occupying the available spots. License plates indicated the long distance allure of these ruins - California, Nevada, Colorado, New Mexico - and you can add our 2 Arizona plates to the mix! The hike starts across a cedar and pinion pine forest with intermittent slickrock and thick crytobiotic soil. You soon arrive at the edge of a side canyon that the trail will descend. Once at the bottom of this side tributary canyon, you walk along a scoured rock bottom traversing a series of dry falls. At the confluence with Road Canyon, you enter a riparian zone with many cottonwoods, cat-tails, and tall grasses. My vague instructions indicated to look for a large hoodoo on the north side a couple of hundred yards downstream from the confluence. This landmark is your guide to scramble up to a ledge midway along the canyon wall. As we scrambled up the exposed slickrock, we could spot the ruins along with a couple of tripods and some serious backpacks. We met Dave from San Francisco and Jason from Los Angeles - both outfitted with a serious landscape Hasselblad and a vintage Kodak Brownie ala Ansel Adams... These 2 pros didn't divulge their assignment, but indicated we might see something published someday in the future. We decided to leave Dave and Jason to capture their images in peace as we continued east along the ledge to explore the reported series of outer ruins and granaries. We found remnants of about a dozen ruins, and speculated about a new abandonment theory - maybe the alcove roofs collapsed on the inhabitants prompting the survivors to move on. We could find some totally smashed ruins with large rock slabs from the alcove overhang covering wood beams, studs, and other construction materials... The ledge dead ends at a cluster of granaries, one of which looks like abandonment occurred while under construction. Having completed our exploration of the outer ruins, we made our way back to Fallen Roof Ruins. Jason and Dave had just finished their photoshoot and were in the process of placing their equipment back into their 45 pound packs ("Gotta suffer for your art"; retorted the photographers) giving us some time to examine these ruins to ourselves. There are trails covering the lower canyon and we could see at least one set of ruins in a lower alcove. Temperatures were starting to climb and we could hear a beer calling us at the trail head. Yielding to that call, we made our way back in record time. Broke out the BBQ to grill up some half-pound Angus burgers and suck back an ice cold Guinness....

Hike #9 - Valley of the Gods (3.25 miles) - This is a return pilgrimage to where I did a mountain bike circuit about 20 years ago. Also a trek to ponder a question; "Why aren't there any Anasazi ruins, rock art, or artifacts in Valley of the Gods yet all the surrounding areas are rich with archeological treasures?" Monument Valley and Mystery Valley have their fare share and Valley of the Gods is just a northern extension of that area - so why not any in Valley of the Gods? After lunch we headed south on Hwy 261 down the Moki Dugway until we reached the junction of CR242 at the base of Cedar Mesa. As we ventured into the Valley of the Gods, we discovered that we had it all to ourselves and could take our time trying to find THE campsite. I knew that the extreme northeast corner of the valley is jammed with monuments (and prospective rock art sites?) so we concentrated our search there. We found an established site at the base of Castle Butte and declared it Camp #3. West Fork of Lime Creek was a short jaunt to the east of our camp and I set out just before sunset to explore. Found a riparian area complete with ducks and sand dunes, but no evidence of any Anasazi rock art. Mike Mattes treated us to a fine feast of BBQ chicken and pan fried potatoes. A minor beer crisis was averted by Paul's scotch. An almost full moon glowed in the eastern sky and allowed us to walk CR242 at midnight without any artificial light.

Day 3 total mileage = 7.50 miles

Day 3 campsite at Castle Butte...


Day 4 - Monday May 19th - I woke up before sun-up at Camp #3 and took another trek up one of the branches of Lime Creek towards Cedar Mesa. No discoveries, but some interesting morning light on all the monuments within Valley of the Gods.

Mountain Bike Trek #1 - Valley of the Gods (5.00 miles) - Took only 20 years for Valley of the Gods Redux, but we did it...

After our biking expedition, we broke camp and made the 4WD trek south along CR242 exiting Valley of the Gods when you reach Hwy 163. Head home via Hwy 163 towards Monument Valley stopping at Flagstaff to check in on Hannah making it home by dinner time.

I'm sure a great time was had by all and the only "must see" misses were House-on-Fire Ruins and The Citadel. We could have done without the pesky biting gnats! Maybe next time we'll take in Grand Gulch and the "must see" misses... Or is it Death Valley, or Anza Borego, or El Camino del Diablo, or Escalante of Hole-In-Rock Road, or...


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