The Mexican Hat (in Spanish: sombrero Mexicano) is a small community that can be found along the San Juan River in south-central San Juan County, in Utah, USA. It's just off of Highway 163, 5 miles south of the intersection with Utah Highway SR-261. It's adjacent to the northern border of the Navajo Nation and Monument Valley. There are only 88 inhabitants in the town. The name "Mexican Hat" comes from an interesting rock formation that's shaped like a hat. It's 18.3 meters wide and 3.7 meters thick, and at a height of 1,340 meters. It is located northwest of the town on the way to Monument Valley.
Driving along the roads of Arizona, Utah, and Nevada, is an unforgettable experience. Everything reminds you of the classic movies set along this legendary road Route 66. Though officially downgraded in 1985 by U.S. government and replaced by Interstate Highway Network, it still retains all its charm. The road crosses to complete the U.S. and some sections like those in Illinois, New Mexico and Arizona have signs indicating "Historic Route 66".
This is a wonderful meandering river which passes through this park. It is situated in southern Utah, in the [poi = 70203] Monument Valley [/ poi]. In order that you can imagine the size of these meanders, the river runs about 5 km for each kilometer in a straight line. It is easy to access, just outside of Mexican Hat, north, we turned left onto the 163, and a few miles later, we turned left again onto the 316. This road enters the Goosenecks State Park San Juan River, and after about four miles, you go up to a plateau where you can enjoy panoramic views over the river San Juan. You can walk through this plateau, unfortunately you can not go down to the bottom. However, it is one of the most spectacular landscapes of the American West.
Although it may seem to be a lazy river, in the water further down the river you can go rafting and try some other less risky water sports. Great just as a way to take in the scenery. It's a break for the eyes if you take a while on the way looking at the desert and little else. Here the Navajo Indian Reservation begins.