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Goblin's Lair Trail

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Venture to Goblin's Lair—an impressive cave on the east side of the park.


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Map Key

1.2

Miles

2.0

KM

Point to Point

4,962' 1,513 m

High

4,802' 1,464 m

Low

69' 21 m

Up

160' 49 m

Down

4%

Avg Grade (2°)

12%

Max Grade (7°)

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Need to Know

Bring water as it can get quite hot in the desert.

Description

This trail leads around the northern tip of the rocks that form Goblin Valley to the east side of Goblin Valley State Park. You have great views of Molly's Castle and into the barren east of the San Rafael Desert.

The trail is not always obvious; try to stay close to the rocks on your right. At the end, the trail zigzags steeply up the rocky slope and dips into the mountain unveiling a very large cave. You can descend to the cave floor, but the path down is very steep and slippery. The cave is typically cool, even on a hot summer day.

Contacts

Land Manager: Utah State Parks

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Tilman Giese

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  4.4 from 5 votes

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Amazing shades of red from the rocks east of Carmel Canyon Trail make this a very pleasant walk
Jan 27, 2019 near Ferron, UT
Looking north from Goblin's Lair towards Mollys Castle
Jan 27, 2019 near Ferron, UT
The area east of Goblin Valley State Park is actually quite barren and desolate
Jan 27, 2019 near Ferron, UT
Looking south from Goblin's Lair
Jan 27, 2019 near Ferron, UT
Goblin's Lair - a very big and deep cave. The trail down is very steep, caution advised.
Jan 27, 2019 near Ferron, UT
A rock formation similar to The Three Sisters further west in Goblin Valley State Park
Jan 27, 2019 near Ferron, UT

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May 7, 2020
David Bates
Sep 24, 2019
Kristin Marks
May 31, 2019
Keylie Gibson
Beautiful overcast day. Not a lot of people around — 5h 00m
May 25, 2019
Rachel Pierstorff
1.9mi
Mar 15, 2019
Roxanne Skinner
Apr 18, 2018
Tilman Giese