Visiting Goblin Valley State Park in Utah

The state parks in Utah are stunning! In any other state, these parks would be designated as national parks!

Goblin Valley is one of the must-see state parks that’s unlike any other!

Here are our tips for visiting Goblin Valley State Park: how to get there, what to do, what to pack and more!

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WHAT TO PACK FOR HIKING AT GOBLIN VALLEY

Check out our tips and packing list for hiking with kids!

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Hiking Shoes – Injuries from improper footwear is a common problem that casual visitors and hikers encounter. To make your trip as safe and enjoyable as possible, avoid smooth-soled shoes and only wear sturdy shoes with ample tread. 

Check out the Merrell Moab hiking shoes we use.

Hydration and Food – Due to the high desert and altitude in Moab, you should drink at least one gallon of water per day, and always carry water with you during all hiking activities.

Eat plenty of healthy snacks and food.

→ We use Camelbak hydration packs or carry Hydroflask bottles in our packs.

Lip Balm and Lotion – Utah’s high elevation and dry air can be hard on your skin. You’ll want to carry lip balm with sunscreen and hydrating lotion to apply as needed when you’re out exploring the trails.

Clothing – Summers in Moab mean soaring temperatures, unrelenting sunlight, and low humidity. To keep cool, wear light colored wicking clothing with UV protection. Also avoid sun burn by wearing a wide brimmed hat and by generously applying sunscreen to any parts of your body that are exposed to the sun.

During the winter, wearing the right clothing is important to stay dry and warm. Take note that snow and ice can accumulate and make popular trails quite slippery. That’s why trekking poles and traction devices for your shoes are essential. It’s also just as easy to become dehydrated in the cold as it is in the heat. It’s important to carry plenty of water during the winter, and not just during the summer.

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Important Things to Know About Visiting Goblin Valley State Park

Where in Utah is Goblin Valley?

Goblin Valley is located between the towns of Green River (near I-70) and Hanksville, Utah. You can put these coordinates into your GPS to find it with ease – 38°34′00″N 110°42′36″W

From I-70, exit onto Highway 24 and drive south for approximately 24 miles to the signed park turnoff. From the Hwy 24 turnoff, follow the paved road for about 12 miles to park.

Goblin Valley Map

Here’s a good overview map of Goblin Valley State Park. One section shows where the park is located between Green River and Hanksville.

The other section lets you see the trails and valleys in the park you can explore.

Check out this Goblin Valley State Park map on the park’s website.

How far is Goblin Valley from Moab?

Goblin Valley is a must-stop as you travel to or from Moab, UT. It’s 63 miles from Moab to Goblin Valley and takes about 1.5 hours to drive.

How far is Goblin Valley from Capitol Reef National Park?

The drive from Capitol Reef National Park to Goblin Valley is about 60 miles and takes about 1 hour to make the drive.

How Much Does it Cost?

These rates are day use and valid for 2 days.

$15 per vehicle
$10 per vehicle with a Utah senior 62+
$75 annual pass is available at the park
$35 Senior Adventure (annual) Pass

All prices are subject to change so we always recommend you check the state park website for the most current information.

When is the park open?

The park hours are 6 am to 10 pm every day. Always check the park website for current information.

Keep in mind the spring and fall can get VERY BUSY! Due to limited parking during high visitation times, there may be delays of several hours to enter the park.

We recommend you visit Goblin Valley on week days during the busy season, or plan your trip during the off season like winter! 

Goblin Valley Weather

Goblin Valley is a desert environment so weather is an important factor when visiting.

Summer days will be HOT so plan to explore the park during the early morning and late evening hours.

Spring and fall are the most ideal times to visit Goblin Valley due to the moderate temperatures.

Winter is our favorite, and least crowded, time to visit because the the daytime temperatures are perfect for hiking with a jacket. Keep in mind that winter nights can be very cold (often near 0 F).

We always recommend hiking layers because no matter what time of year, the mornings and evenings are always cool to cold in the desert!

Lodging Near Goblin Valley

If you like to camp, the campgrounds and Yurts at Goblin Valley are awesome. See below for more detailed camping information.

There are also nearby campgrounds in Green River and Hanksville (like Duke’s Slickrock Campground & RV Park).

If you are traveling by RV you can also check out some boondocking spots like Goblin Valley Overlook Dispersed Camping.

Camping at Goblin Valley

Camping at Goblin Valley is so fun!

The campground at Goblin Valley is open year round. There are 25 site with amenities include showers, restroom facilities, and RV fill-up stations (in the summer only).

There is a per night camping charge which includes the park entry fee.

There are 2 yurts for glamping at Goblin Valley, and they are very popular! Be sure to make reservations in advance!

Hikes at Goblin Valley

When you visit an amazing park like Goblin Valley, hiking is usually what draws you there.

Strap on your hiking shoes, your backpack, your camera and head out on some of these trails.

Easy Hikes at Goblin Valley

The Goblin’s Lair (Chamber of the Basilisk)  – 2.4 miles and perfect for all skill levels and also dog friendly.

Valley of the Goblins –  Just under 1 mile and labeled easy and also dog friendly.

Three Sisters – A bit over a 1 mile hike and dog friendly.

Dark Side of the Moon Loop –  4.2 miles and good for all levels of hikers.

Curtis Bench Trail – Just under a 2 mile hike that’s great for all levels of hikers and dog friendly. 

Entrada Trail – 1.8 miles for all levels of hikers. Great for dogs as well. 

Desert View Trail Loop – Just over a 4 mile trail for hiking and mountain biking.

Buffalo Head Trail Loop – Perfect beginner trail a little over 3 miles long. 

Lizard Foot Trail – 2.2 miles of trail for all levels and mountain bikes. This trail is the main trail access to get to the 7 miles of awesome trails in the Wild Horse Trail system that is within the Goblin Valley State Park. 

Landslide Trail Loop – Great for all hiking levels and for mountain bikes. A nice trail that is just over 3 miles long. 

Moderate Hikes at Goblin Valley

Carmel Canyon Trail – A 1.1 mile moderate hike that is also pet friendly.

Goblin Valley Trail –  Approximately 3.5 mile moderate hike that gets your heart pumping!

Molly’s Castle Spur Trail – A moderate 2.6 mile hike that is perfect for a lover of wildflowers in the spring and birds.

Valley of the Goblin’s – Curtis Bench Connector – Lightly traveled moderate out and back hike just over 2 miles long. Dogs allowed on this trail as well.

Photographing Goblin Valley

Here are five tips we have to take pictures of Goblin Valley State Park:

1 – Avoid shooting at mid-day. The light at sunrise and sunset is best for taking pictures.

2 – A polarizing filter can help bring the colors out of the landscape and cut the sun glare.

3 – A sturdy tripod is a must for tack-sharp images.

4 – Add a person into the frame to add interest and show scale.

5 – Avoid lens flare by standing in the shade or shield the sun from the lens if you can.

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