Moonscapes and Goblins Trail | Capitol Reef Country

Moonscapes and Goblins

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LOCATION Begin this trail at Factory Butte just off Hwy 24. Stay on the road to east and head north. Immediately east of Factory Butte take the short spur road to Skyline overlook. TRAIL TYPE Dirt road trail for 4WD vehicles and ATV. 4WD vehicles can loop from Caineville of Hanksville on Hwy 24. ATV should stage at Factory Butte and will return on the trail the way they came. DISTANCE This trail is approx. 30 mi. from Factory Butte to Goblin Valley. As a loop, (Hwy 24) this will be approx. 40 mi. DIFFICULTY  Moderate Moderate. There is one river crossing, areas of sand, and rocky terrain. The river is 1-2 feet deep (seasonal). DESCRIPTION This trail is a Class B road that passes through terrain that looks like the moon and Mars.
EQUIPMENT This trail has been designed for ATV and 4WD vehicles. ENVIRONMENT The weather can cause parts of the trail to become difficult, especially the river crossing. Be sure to check with BLM for road conditions. SAFETY This is a remote area so be sure to have enough fuel, water, and food, just in case you have any trouble on the trail. TRAIL TIP Take some time to visit the historic Hunt Ranch on the edge of the Muddy River. It includes 5 old log home structures, an old corral, and remnants of a rough life in this harsh terrain.
Name (Click name below to view map) GPS Latitiude Longitude
Factory Butte Staging Area N 38d22’36” W 110d54’01” 38.376667 -110.900278
Skyline View Overlook N 38d27’08” W 110d50’17” 38.452222 -110.838056
Factory Butte Historic Coal Mine N 38d29’20” W 110d54’29” 38.488889 -110.908056
Historic Hunt Ranch House N 38d31’50” W 110d53’16” 38.530556 -110.887778
Little Wild Horse Trailhead & Staging Area N 38d34’58” W 110d48’10” 38.582778 -110.802778
Goblin Valley State Park Entrance N 38d34’42” W 110d42’28” 38.578333 -110.707778
Take in the views

Take in the views

The incredible views on this trail will have you viewing a lunar-like landscape. It has been said that parts of this trail look like what you would see were you on the Moon.Goblin Valley also provides a spectacular view of tiny rock formations that look like natures own mythical creatures.

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There is unsurpassed beauty and unique places to see on this trail, so make sure you take the time to explore. Along this trail you will find the Hunt Ranch, the Factory Butte Coal mine, and the Skyline View Overlook, all of which are must sees along this trail.
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Do it at your own pace

Do it at your own pace
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