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Old 05-11-2013   #1
 
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Camping/Hotels Mexican Hat

Yo -Wondering what the camping/RV park/Hotel situation is like in Mexican Hat. We want to get an early start on the day of our San Juan launch, so it's best if we get in the night before. Doesn't sound like there is any nice camping. Hotels seem expensive for what they are in early June. Other suggestions? I know some of us will camp at put-in. Is there a grocery store in MH? Can we get more ice there? Also we're a big group of about 20 with lots of little kids.

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There is a small store at MH with ice and 3.2 beer. There are a few RV hookups out back. Not sure if there is tent camping there. Like 1-2 houses and that's it for Mexican Hat. I would suggest camping at Sand Island. It's worth the extra few minutes you will spend setting shuttle.
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We have camped at Gooseneck State Park just outside of MH. Its primitive but an amazing view. Has outhouse but no water and no fees.
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if it's hot and sunny camping at Goosenecks blows. Very exposed

We camp at Sand Island (in Bluff) and just drive to Mexican Hat in the morning. it's only about 30 minutes...and Sand Island is an awesome fee campsite

we have an early june launch from MH also...same deal with about 20 folks and lots of kids. when are you going?

also, great breakfast cafe in bluff

we've gotten ice in Mexican Hat but they didn't have blocks, only cubes
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Just find a place to camp in valley of the gods, lots of dispersed sites. I think Jimmy Hendrix is a raven there....
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Valle's had/has? tent sites, nice showers, small store, historic river pictures on walls.
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if it's hot and sunny camping at Goosenecks blows. Very exposed

We camp at Sand Island (in Bluff) and just drive to Mexican Hat in the morning. it's only about 30 minutes...and Sand Island is an awesome fee campsite

we have an early june launch from MH also...same deal with about 20 folks and lots of kids. when are you going?

also, great breakfast cafe in bluff

we've gotten ice in Mexican Hat but they didn't have blocks, only cubes
We launch June 6th and take out on the 11th..
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Usually do either Goosenecks or Sand Is.

Goosenecks can be windy/exposed but it's free. Sand Island has a lot of truck road noise crossing the bridge, especially when camped at the bridge end of the campground. Know more than a few people who have outlaw camped at the MH ramp, but not with 20 as a group size and lots of kids.
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Try the Recapture hotel in Bluff. There are a few Hotels in MH, San Juan inn looks interesting, There is also a Hotel next to the put in, Mexican Hat Hotel? has an outside bar.One place has a new pool with big fake palm trees you can see from the river, not sure of the name. I second the road noise issue at sand island, better check those flows.
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I would not recommend camping at Mex Hat. I've had too many run-ins with drunk teenagers and rez dogs. Sand Island is where I go now.
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