I am not sure how I really came across Mexican Hat, I think it was purely by chance while trying to find some accommodation near Monument Valley, but I’m glad I did. We stopped here for two nights, every night in a new bed does tire you out, and it was one of the best locations to do this and recharge.
It’s not really a town as such but a few hotels, restaurants, and a fuel station, but the locals are friendly and the beds were comfy. On the outskirts of town there are places to explore, not just Monument Valley, but it is an easy 30 minute drive to the tourist hot spot (especially if you have a dawn tour booked).
Hat Rock Inn
So pulling into the Hat Rock Inn, it does not look like much, but once you check into your room and take in the views of the San Juan River from the balcony it feels like your in an oasis in the desert. It really did blow my expectations and I would highly recommend anyone stay at the Inn. Be sure to take in sunset from the balcony.
Goosenecks State Park
A short 10-minute drive from Mexican Hat is Goosenecks State Park, although not as deep, wide or inspiring as the Grand Canyon, the San Juan River has carved a series of u-bends into the land which demonstrate just how powerful water can be.
Just to the north of the town is the rock formation that gives it it’s name, Mexican Rock. If you squint and have a bit of an imagination you can see it.
The Swingin Steak
If you love a good steak, then definitely drop by the Swingin Steak, the staff are amazing, the steak cooked to your liking and the beers are cold. Plus, the floor show alone of watching the steak cook is worth it.