Setting Hen Butte
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A view of Setting Hen Butte located in the Valley of the Gods.
The main road through Mexican Hat (US 163) heads northeast and eventually joins US 191 which goes north to Monticello and Moab, but before this it passes close to the Valley of the Gods. This is a smaller scale version of Monument Valley, containing tall, red, isolated sandstone mesas and cliffs standing high above the level desert floor, remnants of some ancient landscape. The area may be toured via a 17 mile dirt road (FR 242) that winds amongst the eerie formations; this is rather steep and bumpy in a few places but most of the surface is firm and level, and the route should be passable by regular vehicles in good weather. The western end joins UT 261 shortly before its 1,200 foot ascent up Cedar Mesa (see map below), while the eastern end starts 9 miles from town along US 163 and travels north, initially crossing flat, open land and following the course of Lime Creek, a seasonal wash, before turning northwest towards the red rock buttes and pinnacles.
February 18th, 2012
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