Valley of the Gods

Bluff, Utah

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Valley of the Gods is a prelude to Monument Valley and the Four Corners Area, where space is open and endless, and where the air is filled with a lucid sense of remoteness. Dispersed throughout these perpetually hapless desert plains are rock features of positive relief that resemble imaginary animals, troops of soldiers displaced from their platoons, or statues of exalted gods. More of these fanciful figures will be liberated in time as erosion slowly but relentlessly attacks the burnt umber ramparts of Cedar Mesa. Got a mountain bike tandem? Break it out for this loop and you’ll click away the miles with ease. Tread: 16.5 miles of light duty dirt road mixed with sand and rock double track, 10.5 miles of pavement. Tack on 7 miles more of pavement for the Goosenecks Overlook.
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Mountain Biking Utah

by Gregg Bromka (Falcon Guides)

Valley of the Gods is a prelude to Monument Valley and the Four Corners Area, where space is open and endless, and where the air is filled with a lucid sense of remoteness. Dispersed throughout these perpetually hapless desert plains are rock features of positive relief that resemble imaginary animals, troops of soldiers displaced from their platoons, or statues of exalted gods. More of these fanciful figures will be liberated in time as erosion slowly but relentlessly attacks the burnt umber ramparts of Cedar Mesa.

Got a mountain bike tandem? Break it out for this loop and you’ll click away the miles with ease. Tread: 16.5 miles of light duty dirt road mixed with sand and rock double track, 10.5 miles of pavement. Tack on 7 miles more of pavement for the Goosenecks Overlook.

©  Gregg Bromka/Falcon Guides. All Rights Reserved.

Activity Type: Mountain Biking
Nearby City: Bluff
Distance: 27
Elevation Gain: 1,600 feet
Trail Type: Loop/Lollipop
Technical Difficulty: Easy to Moderate
Physical Difficulty: Moderate to Difficult
Season: Spring (March into June) and Fall (September into November)
Trailhead Elevation: 4,440 feet
Top Elevation: 5,300 feet
Local Contacts: Bureau of Land Management, San Juan Field Office, 435-587-1500
Local Maps: USGS: Cedar Mesa-South, Cigarette Spring Cave, Mexican Hat, and The Goosenecks
Driving Directions: Directions to Valley of the Gods

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