“A gravel road that winds though geological wonders.”
— Eric Ashley
• This road is open to public traffic and there is no shoulder.
• There is no source of water on this route and shade is pretty much non-existent.
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This seventeen-mile gravel and clay road winds through the dramatic monoliths of Valley of the Gods. While much of the road is firm, there are enough patches of sand to be a nuisance. If the weather is too hot, or you're not feeling up to the ride, this road can be driven by a reasonably capable vehicle.
From the west, the road starts off of Highway 261 at the footstep of the imposing Cedar Mesa. The gradual descent over the first four miles comes to an end at a large wash crossing.
After the wash, the road begins to climb north toward Balanced Rock / Lady in a Tub and many other towering examples of the spectacular stratigraphy in the area. The climbing ends at Castle Butte at the nine-mile mark. Two miles of mellow descending bring riders along the east side of Battleship Rock.
The next couple miles proceed as near-level rolling terrain that steepen a little for the final ride out. Along the way, Rooster Butte, Setting Hen Butte, and the Seven Sailors all add their outlines to the impressive landscape.