Directions » This trail is in Goblin Valley State Park, which has a $7 entry fee per vehicle. From the parking lot, the Carmel Canyon trail is to the left, away from the redrock formations in the Valley of the Goblins.
Carmel Canyon Trail — Goblin Valley
Destination » Carmel Canyon Trail
Hiking time » 1 hour
Round trip miles » 1.4 miles
Elevation gain » 99 feet
Difficulty » Easy/moderate
Trail head restrooms » Yes
Dogs allowed » Yes, leashed
Bikes allowed » No
The 1.4-mile trail leads to the valley floor, a generally cooler, sandier area of the park compared with the Valley of the Goblins. At times, the trail is hard to follow — keep an eye out for the very occasional signs and more-frequent cairns. The loop has an optional side trail to overlook Molly’s Castle, a broad, flat formation topped with spires of redrock. The short overlook trail is relatively high, about 15 feet, and narrow, but offers a pretty view.
More formations come into view as the trail loops back out of the canyon through a dry creek bed. The path becomes more strenuous as it climbs through sandy earth, and also includes a very small slot canyon to climb though.
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