Today we explored the unique rock formations of Goblin Valley, Utah! This was our first visit so I thought I’d share our adventure and some tips we learned. Here’s what to expect when exploring Goblin Valley, Utah.
I share lots of details below but some general details are that the park is open from 6:00am-10:00pm. One vehicle passes are $15.00 and are good until 10:00pm the next day. So essentially the passes are two day passes. Camping is only $30.00 and includes the two day pass! There is also a couple yurts you can rent as well. Just plan ahead because they fill quick!
Where is Goblin Valley
Goblin Valley is located in south east Utah, USA. Traveling takes you through highways, canyons, old western landscapes, mesas, and more. To get to Goblin Valley you only have to drive a little over three hours away from Salt Lake, Utah. You will also want to consider if it is a holiday weekend as traffic through the canyon can build up (we are currently sitting in traffic on our way home.)
Weather in Goblin Valley
If you plan to go to Goblin Valley you may want to consider the weather and time of year. The valley can reach very high temperatures so be prepared with lots of water. Because of the dessert climate expect dry weather.
Kids in Goblin Valley
We brought our six kids with us to Goblin Valley and they did great. There are no stroller trails so plan accordingly. But you may be able to get away with a utility trailer. For our infant we brought a hiking backpack like this one. Our two year old walked most of the areas and we carried him as well. Our older children loved climbing hoodoos and exploring.
What to Wear
As mentioned above, the weather can be dry and hot. Check the weather forecast of your trip. Have your kids wear proper footwear with hats and sunscreen. Also dress for dirt; the area has a lot of sand.
What to do in Goblin Valley
You can see the sights of Goblin Valley in one day or spread it out by camping either onsite or at the nearby city, Green River. Plan ahead as campsites or the Yurts go fast. We were there for a day and were able to see all the sights we wanted. Here’s some of sights we explored.
Valley of the Goblins
This is the main area with free-wandering hiking. In this area there are thousands of “hoodoos”. This area is the classic Goblin Valley photos with the large rock structures littered along the way. You can climb or explore the huge area. There are a couple hills to climb above to see the view.
Walking to the opposite side of the parking lot you can find some hidden trails. Without kids my husband and I were able to walk to the back walk in less than 15 minutes. You could spend hours exploring all the hoodoos and this area.
The closest city to Goblin Valley is over 10 miles away so there is little light pollution which makes for great star gazing. You can camp or stay late as the park closes at 10:00pm.
Slot Canyon Exploring
Along the campsites are loads of slot canyons. We explored between the hours when some campsites were vacant. And our boys enjoyed climbing up the sides.
Curtis Bench Trail
This is trial is along a hill side and is great for kids. We went during spring and there was loads of springtime flowers along this trial.
Frisbee Golf Course
There’s a pretty killer frisbee golf course along the landscaping.
Aside from these activities there are some four wheeling and off-roading trails right before the entrance to Goblin Valley. There is also three more trails that were marked more strenuous so we decided to opt out of the trails with small children.
There is a roundup of our trip to Goblin Valley. If you want more fun travel posts be sure to check out my posts below about Moab, road trips with kids, and more. Happy travels.
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