Mexican Hat, Utah

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Mexican Hat is a census-designated place (CDP) on the San Juan River in south-central San Juan County, Utah, United States. Each year, on March 8th the town members meet to celebrate their CDP status. Town members wear hats, as the celebration takes place at the Mexican Hat Rock. It is on U.S. Route 163 just three miles (5 km) south of the junction with State Route 261, and is just outside the northern boundary of both the Navajo Nation and Monument Valley. With a total population of 88 at the 2000 census, the community saw a significant decrease from the 1990 figure of 259.

The name "Mexican Hat" comes from a curiously sombrero-shaped, 60-foot (18 m) wide by 12-foot (3.7 m) thick (18.3 x 3.7 m), rock outcropping on the northeast edge of town. The "Hat" has two rock climbing routes ascending it.

Goosenecks State Park is located just nine miles (14 km) west-northwest, Alhambra Rock is six miles (10 km) west-southwest, and the Valley of the Gods is to the north on U.S. 163.



Mexican Hat is 4,400 feet (1,300 m) above sea level and located at 37°9′54″N 109°51′56″W / 37.165°N 109.86556°W / 37.165; -109.86556 (37.165131, -109.865446).[3]

According to the United States Census Bureau, the CDP has a total area of 8.6 square miles (22.4 km²), of which, 8.2 square miles (21.2 km²) of it is land and 0.5 square miles (1.2 km²) of it (5.32%) is water.


As of the census[1] of 2000, there were 88 people, 29 households, and 22 families residing in the CDP. The population density was 10.7 people per square mile (4.1/km²). There were 32 housing units at an average density of 3.9/sq mi (1.5/km²). The racial make-up of the CDP was 37.50% White, 57.95% Native American, 4.55% from other races. Hispanic or Latino of any race were 6.82% of the population.

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