Drive on US 163 heading north through Monument Valley and it feels like you are in a Western. It is difficult to appreciate the space and colossal rock formations from a picture. Notice the house next to the bluff?
After driving through Monument Valley, Route 163 will take you to Mexican Hat. It is an unassuming village next to the San Juan River. When you leave town three minutes later, turn left and drive ten miles. Careful going up the switchbacks. On top of the bluff, panoramic views await and free camping. Find a level spot and pitch your tent.
The stars under the campfire were innumerable and the night a perfect temperature for sleeping. At four, the red sunrise flirted; I tried to capture the transition from night to morning.
This mini Grand Canyon sinks 1000 feet to the San Juan River. This was one of the best camping nights I’ve ever had. Which shot do you prefer?