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The vast landscape of sandstone goblins may have visitors wondering if they're on Mars or in Utah. The movie, Galaxy Quest, was filmed at Goblin Valley State Park because of its unearthly scenery. Scores of intricately eroded creatures greet visitors to Goblin Valley. Hike among these rock formations and discover numerous haunting coves. Adjacent to the park, off-highway vehicle enthusiasts will find hundreds of miles of dirt roads to explore. The Visitor Center is open daily from 8 am to 5 pm. However, during winter months (Nov - Feb), the Visitor Center may be closed for short periods of time while staff is away at lunch or on park business and occasionally may be closed all day if no staff is available.

mountain biking
14 days ago

Fun trail for a beginner like me. I rode this trail and several other loops of the Wild Horse Mesa trail system

mountain biking
26 days ago

Fun trail for a beginner like me

Love this trail and a great payoff at the end!

I discovered this trail while hiking the Curtis Bench Trail. There is a sign at the junction of the Curtis Bench Trail pointing the way to the Valley of the Goblin's. There are trail marking and cairns from this junction to the main valley. From the valley I found multiple paths back. The one on this map is the most direct and climbs up a slope halfway between the eastern most trail marker and the open valley. When I hiked it the footpath was very obvious once you climbed a dozen or so steps up to the small ridge.

hiking
1 month ago

Nice loop that starts at the north end of the parking area and end a few hundred feet away on the main road. Nice views, narrow washes and a view of the north side of the Three Sisters monument.

hiking
1 month ago

Fun trail that follows a wash.

hiking
1 month ago

Easy trail with a nice view of the Valley of the Goblins

Nice area to mountain bike

hiking
1 month ago

Great fun for children

This is really an amazing cave

hiking
1 month ago

No real trail systems exists in this area which is called the Valley of the Goblins.

hiking
1 month ago

The "Trail" follows a wash for as long as you desire to explore. Much of the hike is outside the main attraction to the area which is the "Goblin's"

hiking
4 months ago

This isn’t an easy trail. I’m not completely sure I did this trail. I never saw a trailhead. It goes through a natural wash that gets confusing fast. Don’t start from the goblin valley side. The trail is only marked from the campground side, so I got lost in different parts of the wash. Luckily, the park isn’t big and I could just climb up to the goblins to see where the right trail was. I marked it as best I could on the way back.

hiking
4 months ago

This is way shorter if you hike from the turnout on the road. It’s over sand the whole way.

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.

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!

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.

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!

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. :)

mountain biking
8 months ago

Extremely fun beginner-level trail. Would Recommend for families or single riders. Did experience some minor elevation changes, about 30 feet. The trail was mostly hard-packed dirt with occasional rocky areas, but did have some patches of sand. As a part of the Wild Horse Trail System, there were very clear maps at every intersection. However, some of the trails in the system are one way, despite not being marked one-way on the map. The trail system is located within Goblin Valley State Park, so park entrance fees do apply ($15 as March 2018). Ask about the trail at the fee station and the Ranger will give you a map of the trail system and directions to the trailhead. Extremely Fun.

mountain biking
8 months ago

Extremely fun beginner-level trail. Would Recommend for families or single riders. Did experience some minor elevation changes, about 30 feet. The trail was mostly hard-packed dirt with occasional rocky areas, but did have some patches of sand. As a part of the Wild Horse Trail System, there were very clear maps at every intersection. However, some of the trails in the system are one way, despite not being marked one-way on the map. The trail system is located within Goblin Valley State Park, so park entrance fees do apply ($15 as March 2018). Ask about the trail at the fee station and the Ranger will give you a map of the trail system and directions to the trailhead. Extremely Fun.

mountain biking
8 months ago

Extremely fun beginner-level trail. Would Recommend for families or single riders. Did experience some minor elevation changes, about 30 feet. The trail was mostly hard-packed dirt with occasional rocky areas, but did have some patches of sand. As a part of the Wild Horse Trail System, there were very clear maps at every intersection. However, some of the trails in the system are one way, despite not being marked one-way on the map. The trail system is located within Goblin Valley State Park, so park entrance fees do apply ($15 as March 2018). Ask about the trail at the fee station and the Ranger will give you a map of the trail system and directions to the trailhead. Extremely Fun.

mountain biking
8 months ago

Extremely fun beginner level mountain bike trail. The trail had some elevation changes of about 20 feet. I would recommend for families or individuals. There was nearly no traffic on the trail. Great views of the park. Keep in mind that there are some trails that are one-way, but not marked on the map as one-way. This is a part of the Wild Horse Trail System in Goblin Valley State Park, which means the state park entrance fee does apply. Ask at the park entrance station for directions to the trailhead. There are maps at every single intersection in the system, so navigation is easy.

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.

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.

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

hiking
Sunday, November 12, 2017

Got bored and went back. The cryptobiotic soil with red agate in it was cool but I wish they'd put up LNT signs so people wouldn't trample it. So sad to see 100 years of growth ruined by careless (probably ignorantly innocent) steps. Please stay on the trail! LNT.org

hiking
Sunday, November 12, 2017

hiking
Sunday, November 12, 2017

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.

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.

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