The Mexican Hat Lodge was a delightful surprise. A review of Mexican Hat Lodge and Swingin Steak
We stayed at the Mexican Hat Lodge on a Thursday night in March of 2004 on our way to Moab. We had no agenda beyond getting a night's rest and moving on, and the lodge was just dandy for that purpose. It was clean and cozy and just fine.
However, we were delightfully surprised by the patio steak cookout and really outstanding music that was presented that night.
Evidently, the family that has run the lodge for 20-some years also does service as the house band when they can. They said that they don't do it all that often because they have to have the cooking, serving, and other lodge chores covered in order to free up the members of the family that are the band.
The steaks were very good; cooked over a quaint home-made "swinging" grill. The sides were spot on also. The service was perfect.
But the band was worth going well out of your way for. The father (guitar) and daughter (bass) play excellently and sing better. Their catalog ranged all over from bluesy honky-tonk to country classics to soft rock hits. They have a stage that they've built especially for their band with the instruments and amplifiers stored within what is basically a garage-type building with a large garage-type door that swings up to present the stage to the dining patio. The sound is excellent and the setting is surreal; there in the Utah desert just outside of Monument Valley.
The lodge and dining get high enough marks to recommend the lodge on their own. But the music was a memory that will last a lifetime; a real treat.