Exploring Goblin Valley

Utah Goblin Valley State Park

Added by Rebecca Jones

  • Enjoyable for all skill levels
  • No established paths so you can wander wherever you want
  • Nice picnic area/campground

Goblin Valley Can entertain you for 1 hour or 10. There are no established trails, so you are free to wander around the entire park. There are cliffs to climb, slot canyons to explore and hoodoos to discover. From the parking area, you descend about 100 feet into the valley. Once you are down there, the whole place is fairly flat unless you decide to climb on things.

One of my favorite things to do is climb up the back wall and look out at the view beyond the valley. It is a drastic difference - a flat, barren landscape.

There is a covered picnic area and restrooms located at the parking lot. I have been here in every season and it is enjoyable each time! The crowds are definitely smaller the winter. No matter what time of year, make sure you see the goblins "hoodoos" after dark. There is a completely different feel to the landscape and the park has some of the darkest skies in the nation which provides opportunity for some great photos of the stars!

To hike to Goblin's Lair and Carmel Canyon learn more here. For camping, check out this adventure.

Pack List

  • Camera
  • Hiking shoes
  • Water
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Camping, Chillin, Hiking, Photography, Rock Climbing

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Year Round



Dog Friendly
Easy Parking
Family Friendly
Picnic Area

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5 months ago

So Fun!

I loved this place. It's definitely in a remote area of Utah but I love it. All the goblins and structures are super neat. There are 3 valleys to explore and I went to all of them. I think the coolest thing I saw was a family with bright colored shirts playing hide-and-go seek around the park for hours. I'll definitely do that with my kids someday. And photographing it was super fun. Especially closer to sunset. The silhouette shots are neat and a lot of the goblin structures looked like other things - like a turtle or a centaur. I haven't camped inside the park but the camping spots there seem pretty awesome. However, if you are strapped on cash, there is plenty of free camping spots on the BLM land right outside of the park. That's where I camped. Definitely primitive but great views. For more info on camping on BLM land, go to BLM.gov

5 months ago

7 months ago

Tunnels And Awesomeness

Awesome tunnels to find in the cliffs. Stellar playground for running around having a good time

7 months ago

10 months ago

Beautiful and remote spot. It's hard to make great images here but there's lots of other fun to be had.

10 months ago

12 months ago

Very unique place - fun to explore. Would be great for kids.

12 months ago

about 1 year ago

Better than disneyland

This is one of the coolest places for kids to explore. I came here when I was super young and still remember how blown away I was and how much fun I had exploring the mazes of rock formations. If you want to get your kids stoked on camping and the outdoors, bring them to goblin valley.

about 1 year ago

over 1 year ago

Camp near here and bring some glow in the dark bocce balls! Great time!

over 1 year ago

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