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Goblin Valley State Park – Utah

Goblin Valley State Park – near Green River Utah


Lots of interesting “goblins” or rock formations. Many places to explore and climb.


Varies. You are free to roam and explore the area.

Parking Lot Elevation

4,970 ft

Summit Elevation

No summit

Elevation Gain/Loss


Time Required

Depends. Can visit for a few hours or camp for a few days to extend your stay.


Pets are allowed but must be on a 6 foot or less leash.


Yes. Please check the state park for current fees

Water Info

Bring 1-3 liters. Water available at visitor center. Showers are available in camping area. No streams or creeks nearby.

Best Season

Spring or early Fall. Summer is OK but it’s hot.


Open year round

Sun Exposure

Lots of sun. Shade is minimal

Trail Condition

Goblin Valley is set up as an open recreation area.


At visitor center, parking lot and campground

Visitor Center



Yes. In designated camping areas


Bring meals and snacks (again depending on how long you plan your visit.


Good hiking shoes, bag for food and water, hat, sunglasses, flashlight, sun block, 2 way radios (optional)

Expect to see many people hiking around in the area.  Thousands of unusual rock formations known as “goblins” are scattered about.  You could easily spend hours or days hiking.

GPS Coordinates

Park Entrance:38° 34.680’N, 110° 42.448’W
Campground:: 38° 34.391’N, 110° 42.802’W
Goblin Valley:: 38° 33.887’N, 110° 42.196’W

Trail Map

Driving Directions:

The Trail:

You are free to roam about the park

You are free to roam about the park

Goblin Valley is designed as an open recreation area where you are free to explore.  There are few actual trails in the park  but I find that the most fun I have is when I just wander out in the valley.

Thousands of strange rock formations that you get to crawl around on

Thousands of strange rock formations that you get to crawl around on

From the parking lot viewpoint you can see a large portion of Goblin Valley.   You can notice several large path areas which many visitors use to navigate to and from the parking lot.  Most of the valley is to the east of the parking lot so if you ever get lost (which has happened to me in a few cases) always remember that the parking lot is located on a small mesa on the west end of the valley.

Goblin Valley State Park

Goblin Valley State Park

Goblin Valley State Park

Goblin Valley State Park

Goblin Valley

Goblin Valley

Goblin Valley State Park

Goblin Valley State Park

The parking lot is on the west end of the valley

The parking lot is on the west end of the valley

This area is perfect for families to hike around together.  Of course you need to be extra careful with children so always keep an eye out for them as you walk around.

When I was younger, my family and I would bring 2 way radios so we can keep in contact with those who wanted to explore in different areas.  I suggest you do the same.

Goblin Valley

Goblin Valley

Goblin Valley

Your adventure awaits you...

Your adventure awaits you…

Go out and create your own adventure!

The Return:

It is sometimes easy to lose your direction  so when you are finished exploring remember to hike back to the west to the location of the parking lot.

Personal Thoughts:

This area has been a family favorite for many years.  We have played laser tag at night close to the parking lot and other fun games.  Camping in the area is great and there are other things to do in the general area besides just hiking around Goblin Valley.  This site has been featured in several movies including Galaxy Quest starring Tim Allen.  It is the perfect area for families. Trek Planner Logo

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[…] trail keeps going from here.  I really liked these rock features because it reminded me of Goblin Valley.  The formations look like someone was throwing dirt clods at them.  If you get a chance, try to […]