None of us had been to Goblin Valley State Park and we were driving right by it, so we wanted to check it out on our way to Green River. There was a trail we could take between the highway and the park, so we aimed for it. Without the GPS waypoint we would have missed it. We turned off and headed toward Molly's Castle, the bluff we could see from the highway.
The beginning was a blast. It was a straight road covered in soft sand that was pretty deep in spots. We could see far ahead of us so we could actually go as fast as we wanted to go. It was a good time.
Once we got close to Molly's Castle we had to slow down because the trail abruptly changed from soft sand to patches of slickrock. There were even some ledges and bumps along the way, totally changing the trail. We weren't aired down, so it was especially bumpy.
The bluff itself was huge and pretty cool. We didn't see anyone climbing it, but we imagined it was popular with climbers.
Route finding was a bit weird in spots as the trail wasn't marked. It also didn't get used often as far as we could tell. We ended up finding our way through.
After the slickrock portion it was back to dirt but it was washed out and eroded in spots so it wasn't a fast trail. We thought it might continue as a trail on the other side of the pavement at the trail's end, but that part was paved.
It was a fun little trail. We turned left to go into the park. It was a bit expensive for what you got, we thought. You paid to go just a couple of miles past the Visitor Center to a parking lot with picnic tables. There were lots of people there. The wind was very, very strong. Only Jeffrey and Cody walked down the stairs to explore the goblins.
There were lots of signs to read and we hung out, but it was windy enough to drive us away. We soon found ourselves back in our Jeeps and headed for Green River. Even though we didn't do any real wheeling we still had a great day of scenery. It was nice to get to Green River and a shower.
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