Affordable camping in Goblin Valley
All day in the office your sitting, standing, looking at the computer. Finally it is time to go. It's the freakin' weekend baby! Where do you want to go?
A place you can hike around
Not too far away from SLC
Affordable aka Free
I don't know about you, but I love me a good deal and finding ways to save. There are ways to maximize your time outside without breaking the bank.
First things first, in the world of saving. BLM lands. BLM (Bureau of Land Management) land is there for the public. We are allowed to partake in dispersed camping on most BLM land for up to 2 weeks! Having these lands are a privilege and it really grinds my gears when I see trash getting left behind. Don't be that person. Respect the lands. Pack it in, pack it out.
Down in Goblin Valley there are tons of free camping spots for any type of group or vehicle. You got an RV full of family members? No problem. You and your S.O. trying to get away from the city and other people? Check. Got a rowdy group that wants to cut loose in the outdoors? Boom. There are camping areas a-plenty to accommodate all.
So your group is leaving the park out the road you came! Once you get to the access road where its either right (the way you drove in) or left, you're going to go left into the hills. Driving about a mile in (maybe less) on the lefthand side there is a huge area that has toilets and room for large RV type vehicles. It's pretty out in the open and windy in that zone, so I'd only recommend it if its the super crowded and you're planning on staying inside. Drive on. There are lots of pull offs down the road but I don't think going those ways would be wise if you're in a low clearance car. On the right hand side you'll pass a historical site that has petroglyphs, which I do highly recommend seeing. I don't know about you, but it makes me think that aliens were the ones that ruled the world back then.
A couple more miles down the road the is another campsite on the righthand side that is made for RVs. It has picnic tables, toilets (great for emergencies), and plenty of space for larger groups but again it is a little more out in the open. We opted to keep going a little ways, about quarter mile, down the road. We pulled off left to more of a wash-type road that had some off-roadish spots. My little Subaru Impreza and my friends Hyundai Sonata was able to make it down so I'm sure almost anything can. Down that wash was where we found the money spot. From previous campers there was already a fire pit stacked with rocks and spots to nestle in-between the desert trees. Later I discovered that if we would have kept going there would be more secluded areas down the road and surrounded by beautiful cliff side. But for the night I gotta say it was perfect. Night was approaching and somewhere we read that Goblin Valley is one of the darkest places on the Earth. There really wasn't any chance for there to be light pollution being so far out in the desert. The moon and the stars would peek through the clouds from time to time.
With the entire west coast being on fire these days you really have to think about your surroundings and taking responsibility in making sure the fire is put out. We buried, watered down with oils, and went on our way. Goblin Valley still had more to offer, next stop Little Wild Horse Canyon!