4,244 feet (1,294 meters)
Population (Mexican Hat):
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.