From HWY 24 follow the signs for Goblin Valley. At the first 4-way intersection, turn left, again heading for Goblin Valley. Drive 0.3 miles, and turn right off onto a dirt road. Drive another 0.3 miles to a pull out on both side of the dirt road and park here.
You can use this map, but sometimes it doesn’t land directly on the parking area which is why the written directions are nice. There are no signs for this trail/parking area.
Distance: 2 miles RT
Elevation gain: 220 ft
Time: 1-2 hours
Dog friendly? Yes, off leash
Kid friendly? Ages 10+
GPS Location of arch: 38.65315, -110.67612
From where you park, you can see the arch in the sandstone. This will be your destination!
Head down the small ridge to the wash. You should see a faint trail with lots of bootprints heading down.
Cross the wash, then pick up the faint trail uphill over a sandy hill. Once you reach this next small ridge, just aim directly West in a straight line to hike in the direction of the arch. There may or may not be cairns placed for directions.
Once on the slickrock, you’ll hike up and down several hills. Cairns are randomly placed to help guide you, but really you should have the Gaia GPS (or nother outdoor app) downloaded with a map of the area to guide you.
Desert hiking! Freezing in the morning, hot by 11am. Since this was a short hike I used my lightweight tiny daypack. I love this little pack – it’s been great for backpacking and small day hikes when car camping.
Charlie blends in really well!
Once you get higher you should be able to see the arch. Now it’s easy as you just keep aiming for it.
You’ll hike through a very sandy area – again, lots of bootprints and a faint trail. Be careful of cactus – all 3 dogs ran over them and we had to pick out the spikes. It’s not a bad idea to carry dog booties with you on this hike for emergencies.
The dogs found a water hole to cool off, and it wasn’t even that hot. It was maybe 50-55F! If you do hike here with dogs I would avoid hiking here in Summer, and any other time of year start early in the morning to the sand and rock is cooler for their paws. Make sure you carry at least 1 liter of water per dog.
At exactly 1 mile you will reach Wild Horse Window Arch!
Charlie shows just how large this arch is.
Cool pictographs inside the cave area.
My favorite view.
Pano inside the arch.
I loved how gold & yellow the arch looked underneath during the morning hours. If you hike here in the afternoon you won’t get the same lighting.
That’s me and Charlie jumping! My friends climbed up in the cave to get this shot.
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