Ultimate Guide to Goblin Valley State Park

Ultimate Guide to Goblin Valley State Park


What is Goblin Valley State Park?

Goblin Valley State Park  is known for having gorgeous rock formations, a variety of hiking trails for all skill levels and a night sky devoid of light pollution. Many people compare the landscape at this state park to that of Mars. Some of the animals you might see roaming this wonderful landscape are coyotes, kangaroo rats, scorpions, kit foxes and jackrabbits.

Visitors love coming here to wander the park with little regulations. Take a picture in front of the red sandstone or climb down into a cave. You especially won't want to miss taking a picture at Goblin Overlook.

Most restaurants are at least a 40-minute drive away, so bring your own food and water. Don't bring in fireworks or other prohibited items. Please do not vandalize the rocks or remove any plants or animals.

If you're planning on visiting the park for a long term, then consider volunteering to help staff the gift shop, assist incoming campers or maintain the landscape. You must be 18 years or older.

What are the things to do in Goblin Valley?

  • Hiking
  • Stargazing
  • Taking photographs
  • Mountain biking
  • Horseback riding
  • Rappelling
  • Flying drones
  • Disc golfing
  • Off-roading

What are the best Goblin Valley State Park hikes?


  • Goblin's Lair - 2.4 miles
  • Three Sisters - 1.1 miles
  • Dark Side of the Moon Loop - 4.3 miles
  • Entrada Trail - 1.8 miles
  • Curtis Bench Trail - 1.5 miles


  • Goblin Valley Trail - 3.5 miles
  • Carmel Canyon Trail - 1.2 miles
  • Molly's Castle Spur Trail - 2.8 miles

Is the park open?

Yes, it's open every day from 6 a.m. to 10 p.m. You'll need to pay $15 per vehicle, though seniors and motorcyclists only play $10 per vehicle. If you're bringing in a commercial vehicle, the fee is $4 per person. 

What city is it in?

Goblin Valley State Park Utah is in Emery County, Utah, between Green River and Hanksville. 

How far is the state park from Moab, Utah?

About an hour-and-a-half drive. Moab is east of Goblin Valley.

Can I stay in a yurt there?

Goblin Valley's campground has two yurts you can stay in. If you're looking for a unique camping experience, you can stay in a Goblin Valley yurt.

Does Goblin Valley Utah allow dogs?

Yes, they just need to be on a leash (max of six feet).


This is such a unique state park!! I definitely recommend visiting this place. The roads are well maintained and there’s a water station in the parking lot. There’s also a large shaded eating area at the top looking in to the state park. I’ve taken several people here over the years to explore all the canyons and see the Goblins! You’ll create memories here you won’t forget!
Riley Flake from Google Reviews
Amazing place to visit. Spend a few days the campsite is nice and great for families of all ages. Lots of hikes to do that are family friendly aside from the goblins themselves.
Kevin Wood from Google Reviews
We traveled here on our way back from Moab to Salt Lake City. It was so worth the detour and only wish we had more time than the hour we spent there. The goblins are actually eroded sandstone formations. Kids can run around the valley and climb on them. The park also is great for viewing dark skies as there is truly no light pollution.
colfal8 from TripAdvisor

What are the places to stay near there?

While there are plenty of places to stay near the park, we recommend staying at one of our RV sites in Loa, Utah. We have laundry facilities, showers, bathrooms, free Wi-Fi and other amenities. Stay with the Fremont RV Park today for some Goblin Valley camping!
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