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One of my favorite hikes! Very cool scenery and also very interesting because of the different paths and rock formations along the way. Definitely recommendable!

The trail is really easy to get lost on so just be sure to follow the rock stacks along it! The mouth of the lair is not entirely blocked, you have to climb over some rocks and getting up to it from the valley is short but really steep. Bring a map and tons of water as it is not shaded at all and is mostly a walk in the desert

hiking
22 days ago

Such a fun hike through some great slot canyons!

Did this back in the beginning of April, it’s a beautiful trail just be aware that the water can get deep we were doing crossing all the way up to our thighs until at one point we had to swim because it go so deep but this was after a previous rain storm that had probably happened a week prior so just be aware but I still had fun swimming!

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rocky
scramble
1 month ago

This trail is really cool. Its an 8 mile loop, so when you get to the fork, you can go either way and you will get back to the beginning. We took the left (bell canyon). In this start there are some open areas and a few shallow slots, but it eventually opens up into this nice viewing area, and you will know that you are half way. The second half is the narrow slots (wild horse). Don't choose Bell first if there is chance of rain because this leaves the slots for the ending. If you go right to Wild horse, the majority of the slot canyons are in the beginning. There is some shade on this hike, but be prepared for the sun if there is no cloud cover, bring sunblock and lots of water. Overall, very cool hike. Be prepared to scramble and move around some rocks.

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no shade
off trail
rocky
scramble
washed out
1 month ago

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.

The Goblin;s Lair is a hot hike. There is no shade at all until you get to the cave. It says in the description that the cave entrance is blocked. Yes and no. You can climb into the mouth of the cave, and if you are physically able you can climb down into the cave. To get back up you need to climb over some rocks. But its a nice break from the heat.

This hike held endless interests for my hiking buddies and I: lizards, mini ecosystems in the canyons, very interesting rocks and rock formations! This was a very satisfying hike that took us about 4 hours. Some people were hiking with their dogs but I wouldn't recommend it because there were sections that required a bit of scrambling over some boulders. We began the hike at daybreak and took Bell canyon first so that we could hike the mesa section sooner rather than later to avoid a hotter sun. I would reccomend taking the Bell canyon section of the loop because the Little Wild Horse section was the best way to finish a hike!

hiking
off trail
scramble
1 month ago

Small park but filled with unite formations ripe for exploration. No formal trails to speak of but don't let that deter you

Loved this hike! We went through the canyon on the right and the slot canyon was amazing, I loved how long it actually lasted. Then we got out to the desert area, at which point I took the carrier with our 1.5 year old, and boy was it challenging getting through the desert part. We looped into the next canyon, which was really cool, but not quite as cool as the first. Our app said we did closer to 11 miles, I believe. It was a long, but amazing hike! I would do it again!

hiking
2 months ago

First of all, I think it's important to specify that there's 2 ways to enjoy this Canyon: 1 is a short hike from the road, up the bottom of the canyon. Secondly, you can hike up around the top of the slickrock and rappel in at various points for some canyoneering. As I have no gear and have a 7 yr old along I initially crossed this hike off my list because of some reviews that make it seem like canyoneering is the only option here. Luckily we stopped at the BLM office and they recommended it to us (we did the short hike up the bottom of the canyon from the road - the BLM had a trail sheet that was helpful). My 7 yr old LOVED this trail!! He is hooked on slots now! It is a short trail, but it really packs a punch (plus it's summer in the desert and I have a little kid, so short is good, and also allowed for some extra time to explore up another dead end). So, after the canyon starts to narrow a bit, there is a point where you are in some tall bushes and can choose to go left through a fun little section of narrows (its tight getting up out the far end - and maybe 20 ft high), which my son and I did - or just climb over the slickrock on your right (which my husband did - and could watch us from above - and grab our packs from above when we were struggling to squeeze through). My kid thought it was a blast and ran around to do it again. Pretty soon the canyon walls rise way up into a beautiful subway section - and then those tall walls narrow up again into a gorgeous narrows with just a strip of light coming down from above. After this you get to the junction where it is VERY tight, but you can squeeze up to the right to see the "inscription chamber" (immediately after that junction). We also squeezed in to the left (called Belfast Boulevard) and shuffled in maybe 20 ft just to get a sense of how far that slot went (it just kept going), and how claustrophobic we could feel in a short period of time in there. In summary, once the hike gets interesting, it all happens very fast, so it's not one that's going to take you very long if you are just hiking it. It was, however, the highlight of hiking on this trip for my kid (and me), and a part of a bigger day that included waking up in the Henry Mountains, exploring and pictures at Little Egypt, a short swim at Lake Powell, and more exploring at the Henry's again (and other than Lake Powell, we were the only people around everywhere we went). Great Day!

hiking
no shade
2 months ago

Nice easy trail with good views of Goblin Valley. Good for days when the canyon trails are “closed” due to rain in the area. Stay on the trail! We were sad to see where people had trampled the fragile soil and carved in the rocks.

hiking
no shade
2 months ago

So much to explore in every direction! We must have got lucky and caught it on a quiet day because there was almost no one here compared to overrun parks like Arches. Bring lots of sunscreen and take your time. We’ll be back to explore the other valleys!

Nice trail, we started off around 9 and had it to ourselves most the day. Bell canyon side got sunny and hot on the way in but a nice breeze kept us cool. A bit more strenuous than I thought it would be but if you’re up for a adventure this is a great hike.

hiking
2 months ago

Fun hike. Definitely very technical. More ropes have been added since I last did it in September. Water wasn’t very high. One person in our group just decided to walk through it all and it only went up to their shins at the highest. You can definitely do it without getting wet though. A couple places we had to help each other climb down. Gets really hot when you’re not in the shade.

hiking
bugs
no shade
rocky
2 months ago

We completed this hike in 4 hours. We went through Little Wild Horse first. beautiful and fun! Hiked with our dogs. Glad we did it all but next time we will stick to in and out through Little Wild Horse and bypass Bell Canyon. We started about 9:30a and there was no shade after coming through the slots. Our dogs were laying under any sliver of shade they could find. bring lots of fluid to stay hydrated.

hiking
bugs
2 months ago

Super fun for kids! Wear bug spray and sun block.

Good hike. The end is beautiful and worth the rather pedestrian hike to get there.

hiking
2 months ago

Great hike but for experienced hikers. Took about 5 hours. There are some technical spots but most had ropes. You may want to bring repel equipment just in case. Loved it!

hiking
no shade
2 months ago

If you have energetic children that like climbing things, take them here. We didn't pay attention to the "trail", we just ran around and climbed on the goblins. It's a bit of a drive to the middle of nowhere, but the 8 year old said it was worth the drive so that works for us.

hiking
rocky
2 months ago

Just completed this trail last week with the family and two dogs. Would not reccomend bringing dogs on the hike. There are several areas where you have to climb down rocks. Easy to do, even with children, but a different story with 90 lbs. dogs. We did this hike as an overnight combined with Chute Canyon. The trail on the backside that connects the two canyons is not very visable. It will take some navigational skills. I used a GPS, but i was even questioning the accuracy of it at times. I did find a sign at the end of Crack Canyon that pointed in somewhat of the general direction and said "Chute Canyon 2 miles". It is actually around 3 miles, so don't get discouraged or think you missed it. Absolutely no water on the hike in June, so leave the water filter and just pack plenty of water. Absolutely loved both Canyons, but Crack was my favorite.

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