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Carmel Canyon, UT

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Difficulty 1.5 of 5
Route Finding 3 of 5
Distance Loop 1.6 miles
Trailhead Elevation 4,965 feet
Elevation Gain 166 feet
Accumulated Gain 340 feet
Avg Time Round Trip 1 hour
Kokopelli Seeds 3.3
Backpack Possible - Not Popular
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6  2018-04-30 AZLOT69
Author AZLOT69
author avatar Guides 175
Routes 247
Photos 8,085
Trips 1,934 map ( 16,287 miles )
Age 70 Male Gender
Location Gold Canyon, AZ
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Preferred   Oct, Apr, May, Mar → 9 AM
Seasons   Spring to Autumn
Sun  6:14am - 6:14pm
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A Walk In The Park
by AZLOT69

Goblin Valley State Park makes a great base camp for anyone visiting the San Rafael Swell southern section of Utah. There are several places in the area to boondock but it's kind of nice to have showers and water readily available at the end of each days adventures.

The Goblin Valley reminds me of Bryce canyon on a smaller scale. The wind, sand, rain shaping the sandstone into other worldly shapes and figures. There are a couple short trails in the park or you can just wander around.

Carmel Trail starts from a vista point in the northeast side of the day parking lot. Other than the sign starting Carmel Trailhead, there is no signage as to where to go and the hardpacked ground gives no clue which way to go. Head east stating high on the bench. You will come to a trail marker showing where to descend to the floor of the valley. The trail becomes somewhat more visible at this point. Watch for additional markers. You will come to a Y of washes. A sign here directs you to the left. It's a little disorienting what direction you are going as you are down in a wash meandering. Eventually you will come to a sign directing you yet again into a wash entering from the left. The trail gets interesting now as out narrows to a slot canyon. A couple of scrambles and you will be back to the parking lot.

A great short family hike or great warm up if you arrived too late in the day to adventure into the San Rafael Swell.

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2018-05-05 AZLOT69
    WARNING! Hiking and outdoor related sports can be dangerous. Be responsible and prepare for the trip. Study the area you are entering and plan accordingly. Dress for the current and unexpected weather changes. Take plenty of water. Never go alone. Make an itinerary with your plan(s), route(s), destination(s) and expected return time. Give your itinerary to trusted family and/or friends.

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    Paved - Car Okay

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    Goblin Valley State Park is located of Highway 24 between Green River and Hanksville. The park turnoff is 24 miles south of I 70. Go west 12 miles to the first paved rd going south. Continue south to the State Park.
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