Valley of the Gods – A Monumental Utah Adventure
Have you ever been somewhere so incredibly beautiful that it takes your breath away? That’s how I felt when I boondocked in the Valley of the Gods in Utah.
This valley is truly a hidden gem, and if you’re looking for an adventure off the beaten path, then this is definitely it!
What is the Valley of the Gods?
The Valley of the Gods is a beautiful stretch of the Utah landscape that has been nicknamed “mini Monument Valley”. It’s popular for its photoshoots, geological wonders, and scenic drives. It is located approximately 15 miles southwest of Bluff and about 35 miles from Monument Valley. Valley of the Gods is now part of Bears Ears National Monument.
Locals have given the formations in the Valley of the Gods names, such as The Sentinel, The Camel, and The Sphinx. The Valley of the Gods is a beautiful, otherworldly place where you can explore on your own.
With towering rock formations and sweeping views, it’s easy to see why this area is so popular. The best part about the Valley of the Gods is that it’s not as crowded as some of the other monuments in Utah, so you can really take your time and enjoy the scenery.
Hiking in the Valley of the Gods
Valley of the Gods is a great place to hike if you are coming from the east. Valley of the Gods has many scenic towering spires and buttes which make it similar to Monument Valley. The hiking is easy, with well-maintained gravel roads, and there are plenty of places for dispersed camping, (boondock) without paying a fee.
The Valley of the Gods is full of beautiful scenery that can be seen from different viewpoints. The shadows changing constantly make for great photo opportunities. There are more buttes and prominences than there are names marked on the map, making it easy to find your way around.
When exploring the Valley of the Gods, always take care and follow local regulations. Be mindful of Leave No Trace ethics and carry the 10 essentials for outdoor survival. There are no designated trails in the Valley of the Gods, so explore at your own risk!
Boondocking in the Valley of the Gods
The Valley of the Gods is a beautiful and secluded spot in Utah that is perfect for boondocking. There are plenty of sites to choose from, and the views are incredible. The road to get there can be challenging when wet, but it is definitely worth it. Be aware of the weather when you go, as it can change quickly in this area.
If you’re looking for an amazing place to go boondocking, the Valley of the Gods in Utah is a great option. The views are beautiful and the area is very peaceful. The road is easy to navigate and there are plenty of dispersed camping sites available. However, be prepared for busy traffic and small spaces if you visit during peak season. October is a great time to visit because the temperatures are warm and the nights are chilly.
- To find a place to park, follow the 17 Mile Scenic Drive.
- Dispersed camping is allowed, but note that campfires are not allowed.
What are the entrance fees for the Valley of the Gods?
The Valley of the Gods is open to the public and free of charge. Visitors do not need permits to visit or camp in the Valley of the Gods and there are no fees.
Note: There are no services provided in the valley.
What are the best times of year to visit the Valley of the Gods?
The best time to visit Valley of the Gods is in Spring (March-mid June) and Fall (September-October). The weather can be unpredictable, so take caution when visiting in the summer months. Valley of the Gods is open year-round, but we recommend visiting in the fall for the best photography opportunities. Spring is a good time to visit because it’s not too hot and there are fewer tourists. Summer is not a good time to visit because of the heat and the possibility of mudslides. Fall is a good time to visit because it’s less hot and there are more trees leafing out.
How to Get to the Valley of The Gods?
The Valley of the Gods can be accessed from two different directions: from the East and from Monument Valley. If you are coming from the northeast, you must travel past Bluff before arriving at the Valley of the Gods Road. If the weather is dry, most any 2WD will do. However, if rain is in the forecast, you will need a 4WD vehicle to access the dirt road.
The Valley of the Gods is located in southern Utah, approximately 15 miles southwest of Bluff and 35 miles from Monument Valley. To find Valley of the Gods road, use the GPS coordinates: 37.3158, -109.851
For camping details and reviews, see the Campendium page here.
BOTTOM LINE: Is Valley of the Gods worth visiting? You bet! The Valley of the Gods area is by far my favorite place to boondock.
So, if you’re looking for an adventure that will leave you speechless and with plenty of pictures to prove it, the journey to the Valley of the Gods is definitely worth taking.