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Hiked this January 1 and we were the only ones there. It was cold heading out but we quickly began removing layers as the trail is exposed until the lair. Snow covered most parts of the trail. We were very cautious heading into and out of the lair as it a little slippery from the snow on the steepest parts of the trail. The goblin’s lair at the end was so rewarding! Kids loved it and so did we!

off road driving
1 month ago

Easy drive and great views.

Love this trail and a great payoff at the end!

off road driving
2 months ago

We made this drive three times, twice in an Arctic Cat Wildcat and once in a Hummer H2. The road is well maintained and was easily completed in these vehicles. We made this journey in July when the weather was hot in Moab (103 degrees Fahrenheit). This was a great way to cool off, although during that same day, it snowed on us in the La Sal Mountains. What a blast this trip was!

off road driving
2 months ago

This trail is definitely a must to check out one of the many lower canyons in the Moab area. Vertical rock climbing can be done at a small turn-out about midway through. The drive thru the fallen rock on the trail is awesome and not a problem with almost any off road 4x4, plenty of clearance. If you start at Deadhorse, it's downwards to the canyon bottom. From Potash road, it's flat then working upwards. Nice climb. Pretty smooth trail. Worth while...

This is really an amazing cave

Wished that I had time to get out and look at some of the rock art

Just an amazing ride. Road was in pretty good condition and hardly any rocks with drop offs on the road. Scenery galore and drive under the rock is one of a kind. A lot steeper than I thought it would be.

Nice drive, some very good areas to explore on foot also

off road driving
4 months ago

We did this as a first off road trip in a stock JK with BF Goodrich MT, No problem at all and I am not a super experienced off road driver. I highly recommend this trip

hiking
5 months ago

We did the Big Spring Canyon to Squaw Canyon loop, which I'd describe as perfectly pleasant but not mind-blowing. The highlight for us was climbing out of Big Spring Canyon at roughly the halfway point – definitely a fantastic place to stop for lunch. Some shade (especially in Big Spring) but not a ton. Only saw one other person on a Thursday morning in August. Decent bathrooms at the trailhead.

This is a fairly strenuous trail. It gets confusing because hardly any of the trailheads are properly marked. I lost sight of the trail when I rounded the first goblin cliff. There’s a point where the trail splits and goes to the goblin valley and goes further around the cliff. To get to the Goblin Lair, you have climb down maybe 10 or 15 feet of rock. Be careful because everything is sandy and the desert floor is far below. Once you’re past, there are, I guess, dunes of crusted sand that will crumble if you’re not careful. There may be easier way to get to the lair by climbing down to the desert floor and just walking there. The lair is basically an amphitheater of goblins. It’s worth the exhaustion.

scenic driving
5 months ago

So amazing and worth it, however took the 43 mile loop as posted at the trailhead. Took probably close to 2 hrs because I couldn’t help but stop for pictures every quarter mile

It was too hot today to complete the whole hike. Unfortunately, we weren’t able to see the cavern, but we’ll definitely go back when it cools down a bit and we can enjoy hiking this trail without the harsh sun and heat. Regardless, Goblin valley is always a hit with our family!

off road driving
6 months ago

did this today in my stock nissan frontier. fantastic trail with amazing scenery. must do!

The cavern at the end is fantastic and the views along the way are well worth it.

Be aware this is a very very exposed, hot hike. Carry plenty of water.

7 months ago

Super nice view to wake up to in the morning out of your tent. Beautiful.

The kids loved this trail! Especially the scrambling required to get down into the "lair". The cavern is beautiful mid-day with the light shining through!

off road driving
8 months ago

easy and scenic route.

on Sand Flats 4x4 Road

8 months ago

Absolutely gorgeous area. we did Fins and Things trail with our CanAm and it was exciting and adventurous.

Very satisfying hike. Going inside the cavern is easy. Take 2 sources of light if you want to go deeper in the crawlspace under the cavern. Don't do this if there's any chance of rain. That's where the rain water goes, you'll pretty much die. :)

off road driving
8 months ago

Love this trail. Super easy, fun drive . When we camp in the Dead Horse Point/Canyonlands area this is a fun "short cut" back into Moab.

off road driving
8 months ago

Did it in a modified 2008 land cruiser. It was really easy. Went through the narrow fallen rock with a roof top tent without any clearance issues. Air down and have fun!

So pretty and picturesque. A little scary getting down but manageable in a pair of good hiking boots. Camping spots all around. Great weather right now, warm in the day and cool at night.

off road driving
9 months ago

Did in a land cruiser and lx 570. No lift. No issues at all. I think could do with just about any vehicle. Had plenty of clearance under rock with rooftop tent. Absolutely beautiful!

Pretty awesome drive...plenty of opportunities to get out and hike around. A lot of the land is BLM so you kinda have the ability to make a trail yourself. We scrambled up the cliff and it was awesome.

My first off road experience in my stock Jeep Wrangler JL unlimited. There’s some little sand dunes off to your left off the main trail - make sure you go do them!

My first offroad drive.
Both breathtaking and safe at the same time.
A Must go!

10 months ago

GREAT DRIVE!! ONLY thing that would have been better is the time of year that we came. I it would have come in the Spring or fall or summer the foliage would have been much more beautiful but nevertheless it was still pretty.

off road driving
10 months ago

Absolutely stunning. Wow. National park beauty with absolutely no one around. Definitely worth the drive although let’s not make it too crowded!!

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