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hiking
7 days 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.

hiking
8 days ago

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
9 days 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
1 month ago

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

hiking
2 months ago

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.

2 months ago

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

hiking
3 months ago

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
3 months ago

easy and scenic route.

on Sand Flats 4x4 Road

3 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
3 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
3 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
4 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!

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
5 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!!

scenic driving
5 months ago

Absolutely amazing. National park quality view with absolutely no one else. Just stunning.

hiking
6 months ago

We left early enough in the morning that there were hardly any others on the trail with us. Beautiful landscape and the cave at the end kept the kids engaged for a good hour. Such a beautiful place to see for it being mid February.

walking
6 months ago

Probably one of the coolest places that I’ve ever explored! You drive into an old ghost town where Thelma and Louise was filmed in the diner. There’s abandoned shops and houses. Then you drive past a few homes and keep going back until you reach the petroglyphs and pictographs. They’re creepily amazing! Past there is an old cemetery and store.

hiking
7 months ago

Great hike! I agree with others, that winter is the best time to visit. The weather is cooler and there are no crowds. We took two dogs on this hike, they loved it. They did not go all way to the bottom of the chamber, but were able to scramble up the rocks with human assistance.

off road driving
7 months ago

Before I go into my little story about coffee pot road, I'll start by saying the pictures posted DO NOT do this trail justice. Yes, it is a very easy smooth trail with no big obstacles and any skill level could drive it (weather permitting! You'll see why!), but it still goes pretty damn high up the side of the mountains with not much room between you and the almost strait drop down the side! The views are so gorgeous! From the photos posted, I thought this trail was gonna be flat and at the bottom of a valley, not high in the mountain tops! So glad what we got was not what I expected. So, my little story now. My aunt and I decided to drive up Coffee Pot Road on our way to Glenwood Springs. I'm used to driving my Jeep Wrangler JKU but I flew to Colorado instead of driving this time. I figured coffee pot road would be fine for her Nissan Murano (cuz the trail is rated easy, and she does have 4WD). And it was, until we got up to the plateaued top and the snow suddenly went from compacted and hard, to soft and fluffy. We instantly sank down at least whole foot, if not more, in the snow and were stuck for almost 2 hours. Seriously, we were driving along just fine, slow of course cuz of snow, when we very suddenly SANK. We were so deep the muffler was laying in the snow and you couldn't see through to the other side no matter where you looked under her car! Ha! We were able to dig ourselves, but be careful if you go up in the winter and you don't have something with bigger tires and a higher clearance! Luckily we got stuck at the top where, like previously mentioned, it plateaus off and it was more like being in a huge field and not the side of the mountain. My jeep would've been fine LOL!! It could've been a bad situation, since we hadn't seen any other ppl for over 2hrs, but it was such a blast for us adventurous gals! We were so proud we didn't have to call for help! Can't wait to drive this (and other trails!!) in my own vehicle! Check out my recording if you want to see where we got stuck!! It's not the very end of my recording, but it's the spot that is the furthest out we went, which is close to where I stopped recording.

A bit of a short hike but beautiful. Winter is the best time to go!

hiking
9 months ago

I enjoyed the quiet lair more than the valley of hoodoos simply because of the amount of kids running around yelling and climbing on everything. After the lair I look the Carmel Canyon side trail then back to the road.

off road driving
11 months ago

Trail is open again, just a few places to get the 4x4 nice and muddy left. Fun easy trail. Did it in a stock Jeep Cherokee Trailhawk with no issues.

hiking
Monday, July 31, 2017

the loop does NOT take you to the Lair!! if you are ONLY going to the lair; take the trail UP and to the left. The trail to the right and down will take you straight into the goblin valley; with no way to see the lair without starting over. THERE IS NO SHADE!! bring tons of water & sunscreen. LAST CLIMB UP A MOUNTAIN TO THE LAIR IS HARD, BUT WORTH IT. we suggest going to both parts of the park; but do it EARLY.

off road driving
Monday, July 31, 2017

this trail has been washed out at the top and is temporarily closed.

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