Goblin's Lair

Last Candition: April 14, 2012


5 out of 5
Date of Trip: September 29, 2019

Did it as the sun rose after hard rain as it lightly sprinkled. Muddy, but well worth the beauty and erasure of footprints. The freshly-washed formations were jaw-dropping in the morning sun against a misty sky. Good neon green webbing. Rappel was hard to find. The start was awkward because it's overhung. My partner said his friend belly crawled the cave tunnel in the chamber all the way through to the outside.

4 out of 5
Date of Trip: May 6, 2018

Fun scramble and rappel. 2 ppl, 1 hr car to car. Rope grooves are getting deep so be careful to put the pull cord in a different groove than your rap rope or it may get stuck

3 out of 5
Date of Trip: April 9, 2016

Anchor and webbing looked brand-new that day and correctly tied.

No mud in the chamber despite the rain that weekend. Goblin Valley didn't get hit hardly by any of that rain..sprinkles mainly. Crowded though! Fun sport rap if you want variety (but I rather explore the endless maze of Goblins in the valley though).

5 out of 5
Date of Trip: February 17, 2015

SO EPIC!!! The ranger gave us some terrible directions but we found it searching for a while. After you get to the little white dome aim for the gully directly to the right of the biggest mountain. The anchor is around a fin with three pieces of nice webbing and two quick links.

5 out of 5
Date of Trip: November 13, 2014

Dry and awesome. Anchor looked good.

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4 out of 5
Date of Trip: October 3, 2014

Nice and dry...anchor in good shape...was a cave in this summer but just makes the climb out more fun...if anyone sees a pink shirt...shoot me a holler. My wife dropped it...

4 out of 5
Date of Trip: October 25, 2013

Although the Goblin's Lair can just as easily be visited without having to rappel, it sure adds a little bit of excitement to this amazing natural formation. Webbing was in good shape and rope pull was easy after the rap. Temps were perfect for hiking and scrambling around.

4 out of 5
Date of Trip: May 5, 2013

Anchor is in great shape, the rap down is super fun and almost a must do if you’re just passing by. It could be done in an hour. A great way to knock a lady’s socks off if she’s new to rappelling.

5 out of 5
Date of Trip: March 31, 2013

Anchor webbing is in great shape, no water. Paid $7 total to enter the park and get back-country permit. One rap and you are done, 80ft I think. Hike back only takes about 25 minutes. This is a great side excursion if heading back from further south or the Roost area. Avoid this in warmer months, hike is very exposed!

5 out of 5
Date of Trip: January 26, 2013

Plenty of snow in Goblin Valley. This weekend a few more inches of snow were added. The route is a blast to do in the snow. Not sure you will see the valley in a prettier condition. Be careful on the down climbs though. The rock is muddy and slippery with snow on it

5 out of 5
Date of Trip: November 3, 2012

Well worth the side trip if heading anywhere near this direction. The excitment here is not about canyoneering technique, but simply a beautiful place to visit. If you're into photography, bring the camera & a tripod. Great photographic opportunity. The Lair is basically a cave. The anchor was good and we found the Lair dry. Lighting was just fantastic. Route was easy to follow. Give yourself some extra time for the photography. Took us 2:45 - but 45 of that was picture taking.

5 out of 5
Date of Trip: September 17, 2012

Chamber of the Basilisk has seen water recently probably last week. There was no standing water, but the sand was wet. We cleaned the excessive webbing from the rappel anchor.

5 out of 5
Date of Trip: April 14, 2012

This was such a fun hike! I love the rap into the chamber. Gotta be one of my favorite rappels!