This Is Mexican Hat Rock
- GPS: 37.17366, -109.84876
Mexican Hat Rock is a formation so famous they named a town after it!
One look at this unique sombrero-shaped rock outcropping and you can easily see how it got it’s name. Mexican Hat’s caprock measures 60-foot wide by 12-foot and is comprised of Cedar Mesa sandstone. The base it rests on consists of red siltstone and shale of the Halgaito Formation.
After doing some research I found out there are two hiking/climbing trails on the rock. Apparently there are a couple areas that require a Class 3 scramble. I don’t rock climb, but after some googling I believe it means it’s rated as easy/moderate? But according to All Trails if your brave and talented enough you can reach the ledge right under the hat and circle the hat supporting rock. I will never ever be that brave!
Mexican Hat Rock can be viewed along U.S. Highway 163 in southeastern Utah. It is located 25 miles north of the Utah/Arizona border. The rock is a few miles north of the town that got it’s name from it. Travel a few more miles north past the rock and you will hit the Valley of the Gods. I put exact GPS coordinates above. You will see it miles before you arrive so you won’t be able to miss it.
It’s a cool rock and if you happen to be driving by it’s worth stopping for a couple minutes and getting a pic, but it’s nothing I would go out of my way for unless you’re really into big rock formations. It’s a popular stop for visitors in the area already checking out Monument Valley, Valley of the Gods and Forest Gump Hill.