Pets allowed
Allowed with Restrictions
Elevation Gain
302.00 ft (92.05 m)
Trail type
There-and-back
Distance
2.20 mi (3.54 km)
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There is no maintained trail to this very unique cave/arch. However, it is fairly easy to find as you can see the top of the cave from Goblin Valley Road. After turning onto Goblin Valley road from Temple Mount Road, look to the right and high on the white sandstone formation you can see a dark depression. This is the cave. Drive 0.3 miles on Goblin Valley road and there will be a dirt road suitable for two wheel drive vehicles. Park near the end where you can see Temple Wash below.

There is no trail marker but you will see an obvious trail that drops into the wash. Cross the wash and follow the trail onto the white slick rock. Here you will need to follow cairns that are erratically placed with several different routes that can be followed. They all lead to the same place. Continue uphill until you see a vegetated depression. Drop into that and it will lead directly to the cave.

The cave is large and can have a few people. In the cave on the right are some very nice petroglyphs and of course the big hole in the ceiling of the cave. Some visitors rappel through the hole in the roof. Return the way you came for a nice short adventure.

Logistics + Planning

Preferable season(s)

Spring
Summer
Fall

Congestion

Moderate

Parking Pass

None

Open Year-round

Yes

Pros

Unique cave. Petroglyphs.

Cons

Can be crowded.

Trailhead Elevation

5,270.00 ft (1,606.30 m)

Highest point

5,560.00 ft (1,694.69 m)

Features

Geologically significant
Native artifacts
Cave

Typically multi-day

No

Permit required

No

Location

Nearby Lodging + Camping

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