Tom’s Experience exploring Goblin Valley:
Goblin Valley State Park is home to the very accurately named Valley of Goblins. This is a place where you can really let your imagination run wild.
There are no established trails in the Valley of the Goblins so you are free to roam, explore, ponder and climb in the beauty that surrounds you.
They say 80,000 people visit Goblin Valley every summer so do not go during peak season expecting to find solitude.
The valley is split into three sections, the upper, the middle and the lower. While wandering through the park it almost feels as if you are on a different planet with the red sand and the bizarre rock formations. There are a few short established trails in the park: Curtis Bench Trail, Entrada Canyon Trail, the Carmel Canyon Trail and the Molly’s Castle Overlook leading to the Goblins Lair.
It will get hot in the desert so bring plenty of water but there is also a small store at the entrance where you can purchase snacks and drinks.
Dogs are allowed in the park but must be kept on leash. You can spend all day playing among the goblins and just head back to the car when you are tired or your imagination starts to slow.
Trail Info: Goblin Valley is located south of I-70 about 25 miles on Highway 24 and is about 25 miles north of Hanksville, the closest city. There are many signs that point the way and it shouldn’t be too difficult to find. There is a $10 a day entrance fee to enter the park. There are some campsites and yurts available for a fee but in order to get one you need to make a reservation months in advance during the peak seasons. There are outhouses at the main parking area, observation point.
Observation Point Parking Area: 38.564372,-110.703305
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