Valley of the Goblins is a 1 mile moderately trafficked loop trail located near Hanksville, Utah that features beautiful wild flowers and is good for all skill levels. The trail is primarily used for hiking, walking, nature trips, and bird watching and is accessible year-round. Dogs are also able to use this trail but must be kept on leash.

Length1.0 miElevation gain62 ftRoute typeLoop
Dogs on leashKid friendlyHikingNature tripsWalkingBird watchingViewsWildflowersOff trailNo shade
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Valley of the Goblin is an area open for exploration with no real trail system. Along the way, visitors see Goblin Valley from different perspectives.

Parking, Restrooms, Campground nearby with water and showers

Goblin Valley State Park PO Box 637 Green River UT 84525 (435) 275-4584 or Utah State Parks and REcreation PO Box 146001 Salt Lake CIty, UT 84114-6001 (801) 538-7220 stateparks.utah.gov

50 miles southwest of Green River off State Road 24

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Sean Patrick
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We detoured while driving from Capitol Reef to Moab. Cool place. Very windy the day we went. Lots of fun places to scramble. We saw lots of families enjoying the structures with their kids.

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Anna Ball
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HikingFeeNo shadeScramble

Super fun for the kids! Get to the valley and you can explore as you wish- no actual trail. So fun climbing around!

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Johnnie D
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HikingGreat!

Really cool area because it's just this giant valley with goblins that you're free to roam at your leisure. The parking area is elevated up so it's easy to spot in the distance so you don't ever get lost. It's a unique hiking playground!

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Kathryn Salkowski
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HikingGreat!

As everyone else has noted, there is no real trail - you're free to wander and explore! Very neat to walk around and see the effects of erosion firsthand. Not too busy when I was there right before sunset.

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Olga Zakharenko
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Rock climbing

Awesome park that feels like a playground. We went on Halloween and got some great pics in our costumes

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Jake Garbelotti
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Hiking

Epic time exploring the valley of hoodoos, finding the best shapes. Some are extremely similar to the male anatomy :)

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Robert Morrison
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Hiking

Really no trails. Allowed to walk anywhere you want. Great natural formations.

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DeWayne Hansen
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HikingGreat!

Great formations.

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Justin Rawson
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Michael Esselman
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HikingGreat!

Great choose your own adventure! My five year old loved it. Hot that day so get out early if in the heat of summer.

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Danny C
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WalkingGreat!

unique experience. hiked on june 7 2020. hot day!

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AllTrails User
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Wouldn’t call this a trail but the kids were running around like they were on crack playing hide and seek. Recommend going as the sun goes down to avoid the heat.

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Jackson Stephens
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HikingGreat!

Such a super cool and unique place to visit. This isn't so much a trail as a valley to wander around and explore however you see fit. Be aware that this area is so freaking hot on a summer afternoon, though. Otherwise, this was so neat and worth it to visit at least once.

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Nicole Hall
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Hiking

Pretty cool! As another review mentions, it’s $20-30 to get in and the main attraction is walking around these “goblins” or hoodoos. I’d recommend it if you are on your way to canyonlands!

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Brian S
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Goblin Valley is beautiful - but it's pretty small and not cheap at $30 a car to get into. If you're on a tight budget I'd skip it - if you're not, it's worthwhile. There are some other nice hikes in the area. This is sort of useless trail in that once you're in the goblins you can walk anywhere, no need to follow a trail.

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Kaylee Vandjelovic
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Hiking

We could have easily spent HOURS here - and were a couple in our late twenties. Imagine the fun that could be had by kiddos!!

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David Platt
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Hiking

This is the best part of the park and freestyle exploring is definitely the way to do it! If you go south about 2/3-3/4 of a mile then cut east, there's even a path to the top of the valley with 360 aerial hoodoo views, if you're up for some scrambling.

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Karissa Church
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Hiking

Super cool! My kids loved it!

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Meriam Awada
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Hiking

Super windy so I was mostly just trying to get sand out of my eyes but worth it cause it’s way cool. Like another planet almost.

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Frank Finan
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Great place for little ones. Our 3 year old loved it. It's just a fun little place.

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B J
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Hiking

Fun place to visit. Perfect time to go. Not too hot/cold.

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John Cardwell
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HikingOff trailScramble

My favorite park so far. If you're a kid at heart you'll have a blast running around the hoodoos, playing hide and seek, etc. No real trail in the valley itself but we spent over an hour playing around and taking photos. We went in February so there were only one or two other people in the park, which made it even better. Make sure to go around the cliff wall (to the right if you are at the parking lot facing the cliff) - the other side has more goblins, cliffs, and slot canyons to play in. One note, Google Maps directed us to a false entrance to the park, which was gated closed and crushed our hopes. Luckily we decided to drive a few miles farther just in case, and there is a main entrance that was not closed.

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Kai W
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Hiking

I hate to say it, but Goblin Valley State Park was somewhat of a disappointment overall. If you are into hiking, there's just not much to do except one loop trail which is mostly outside of the valley (and pretty much just on flat fields). And then in the Valley there is no official trail whatsoever and I at least was rather bored of it after ten minutes. Probably great if you are with kids, but on a hiking road trip, I wished to have just stayed in Capitol Reef or Canyonlands for a little longer instead of going here.

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Lily L.
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Hiking

This place was fantastic. You can kind of create your own route through all the goblin features so this hike can really be as long or as short as you want it to be. It was a really neat area to wander around through - real unique formations. No shade and dog friendly!

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Michele Kolupski
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Hiking

Super fun the scramble around

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Brit Zerbo
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HikingNo shadeOff trailRockyScrambleWashed out

We decided to come to Goblin Valley State Park instead of Canyonlands and we weren’t disappointed. This short hike was a blast. there’s no designated trail. It’s all been washed out, but that really doesn’t matter. There’s so much to explore. Highly recommend hiking over to the small lookout point that is to the far left if you were looking out onto the valley from the parking lot. Beautiful views. We’ll definitely need to come back here to soon.

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