Named for the inverted stone sombrero near the town, Mexican Hat boasts a colorful history. Early in the last century over one thousand people at a time descended on this curve of the San Juan River looking for gold, oil, or uranium.
Today, the town is a popular starting point for adventures on the San Juan River. The Navajo Tapestry–wavy geometric colors in the rock strata–makes a colorful backdrop to the desert landscape. Halchita, a Navajo word meaning ‘the red lands’ is across the river.
Popular day tours include Grand Gulch Primitive Area, John’s and Slickhorn Canyons, Goosenecks State Park, Valley of the Gods, Natural Bridges, Hovenweep, Navajo National Monuments, and Monument Valley Navajo Tribal Park. Full services available in Mexican Hat, none in Halchita.(*)