Explore the most popular kid friendly trails in Goblin Valley State Park with hand-curated trail maps and driving directions as well as detailed reviews and photos from hikers, campers and nature lovers like you.

hiking
2 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.

hiking
3 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.

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

hiking
5 months ago

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
5 months ago

hiking
5 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.

hiking
8 months ago

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.

Nice easy walk to a cave but the goblins are really the main attraction. Roaming around in the park with the hoodoos is really fun! Yay, Galaxy Quest!

The rock formation ma were coops but I kinda felt like once I saw about 5 minutes of it, I'd seen it all. Would have been much better had it not been so hot. Don't got in the heat of the day, cause it's like burning in hell....gonna make sure I live right so I don't go to hell after knowing how hot it could be

hiking
9 months ago

Super fun to play hide and seek

hiking
10 months ago

Always a family favorite to play hide and seek amongst the goblins.

hiking
Tuesday, April 18, 2017

No shade on this trail. Traffic heavy in the cool months. Camping at the park is limited and generally full. But you can primitive camp on BLM land close by. Great for kids. The park will tell you their are not any defined routes in the park. Just go about anywhere you can go.

hiking
Monday, April 17, 2017

Too much traffic for my taste. Some interesting rock formations. However, it would be great for kids.

hiking
Sunday, April 09, 2017

Fun hike the end was the best. We stopped to run up and down the sand as well

hiking
Wednesday, December 21, 2016

Goblin Valley is an amazing place. Unfortunately people are allowed to roam anywhere in the park..You can imagine the havoc brought about by loads of unsupervised children. That said, the Goblins Lair is relief from the crowds. A nice trail around the other side of the valley that is sparsely traveled. I only ran into to a pair of women who were looking for the "lair." Not a difficult hike, mostly flat with a scramble up to the lair. As in most hikes that are more remote, it is better to have some company.. I didn't, but I am careful when climbing or descending scree slopes. Was lucky enough to get some interesting light from the top. Like some others on this site, this was combined with a visit to Little Wild Horse Canyon.

walking
Sunday, October 16, 2016

Easy trail putting you among the goblins. Like making pictures in the clouds, you can imagine all the different goblins that reside along the trail. Watch out for the wind as it can lift the sand and fill your eyes with dirt. Maybe the goblins are unhappy with all the visitors?

hiking
Saturday, September 17, 2016

One of the MOST AMAZING spots ever! i couldn't do little wildhorse slot canyons due to the 20% chance of rain... next time!
Goblin Valley is like an alternate universe. Profound!

Tuesday, August 16, 2016

kind of a unique place, you can make this hike as long as you want really as you wander through Goblins, Easy hike on a dirt like surface, go early it gets very hot

Sunday, July 10, 2016

next time I'm coming in winter.

Sunday, July 10, 2016

hot as hell.

Sunday, July 10, 2016

now I know what hell is going to feel like.

Sunday, July 10, 2016

hot but goblins are cool.

Sunday, July 10, 2016

hot

Wednesday, June 01, 2016

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Wednesday, June 01, 2016

It was incredible! Well worth the hike!

on The Goblin's Lair

hiking
Thursday, April 14, 2016

We loved it. It was a great hike. At the end, there is a cave hidden on top

on The Goblin's Lair

rock climbing
Thursday, April 14, 2016

It was great!! We did a lot of walking and climbing the huge rocks. My kids love it!!

camping
Tuesday, April 05, 2016

Incredible

hiking
Saturday, March 19, 2016

Really great area of odd little rock formations. It is in the middle of nowhere, but worth the drive. I enjoyed wondering through the "goblins".

hiking
Sunday, February 07, 2016

Always a blast at goblins. I went with my buddy's a couple years ago but this summer I'm taking family! There is a unmarked trail to the top of the plato at the north. If you have pro you'll see the X indicating the top "5180T" if you explorer the north end going in and out of the slots eventually you will keep going up until you reach the top. You will be doing some scrabbling. Note* I'm 5"11 and there are some tall areas where you need to reach areas to ensure your not suck... Suggest not to do alone. Enjoy the summit!

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