Hike of the week: Valley of the Goblins
Published: July 3, 2012 01:33PM
Updated: October 30, 2012 11:31PM
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Lindsay Whitehurst | The Salt Lake Tribune This Goblin Valley hike isn’t the traditional, follow-the-trail trek — and that’s what makes it great fun.

Directions • Inside Goblin Valley State Park, 50 miles southwest of Green River, off State Road 24. Entry fee is $7 per car.

This isn’t the traditional, follow-the-trail hike — and that’s what makes it great fun. The awe-inspiring, otherworldly red rocks of the park’s main valley are almost entirely open to exploration, within the limits of safety and conservation. Hikers can climb on top of giant boulders, over ridges and, in one case, through a slit in the rock and into a hidden cave where a beam of light pierces down through the ceiling. The hike could be done in an hour or so, or stretched into an afternoon. It’s also a great option for children who like to get off the beaten path.

Destination Valley of the Goblins

Hiking time 2 hours

Round-trip miles 1.4 miles

Elevation gain 131 feet

Difficulty Easy

Trailhead restrooms Yes

Dogs allowed Yes, with leash

Bikes allowed No