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
Trailhead restrooms Yes
Dogs allowed Yes, with leash
Bikes allowed No