In 2020, we decided to try out Yuma for the winter. After leaving Moab, Tony found an amazing spot on our route to stay a few nights—the Valley of the Gods. Unfortunately, we had no cell service or internet when we arrived, and I had to work the next day. We left early to find service, so I could work with the promise of coming back and exploring soon.

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This year, we found ourselves in the same area, and this time, we had Starlink.

My sister's family traveled west on an epic national park adventure to Colorado, Utah, Arizona, and then back to the east side of the country. We thought surprising the kiddos at Four Corners Monument would be super special. Since Valley of the Gods is around an hour and a half from Four Corners, we decided to stay here for a few days before meeting up.

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Family Night in the Valley of the Gods

The Valley of the Gods is a lesser-known gem than its famous neighbor, Monument Valley. Monument Valley is 40 miles away from the Valley of the Gods. There are no entry fees to drive or camp in the Valley of the Gods. The sun shines beautiful rays on the landscape, making the most beautiful scenes. Think towering sandstone formations, vast skies, and a sense of solitude that's hard to find elsewhere. It's like stepping into another world where nature's artistry takes center stage.

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This scenic sandstone valley is filled with towering sandstone formations, which erosion has sculpted over millions of years. The beauty of the Valley of the Gods is particularly striking, with the changing light of day casting varying hues across the panoramic landscape, making it a perfect spot for photography. Unlike crowded tourist spots, its remote and quiet setting provides a serene escape. Accessible via a 17-mile gravel road that meanders through these majestic formations, the valley is generally reachable by most vehicles in good weather. The minimal light pollution makes it a splendid site for recreational activities like hiking, camping, and especially stargazing.

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