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Toward Moab (July 1, 2009)

Second part of Cathedral Valley trail. Visiting Goblin Valley and hiking in Little Wild Horse Canyon. Route toward Moab.

Cathedral Valley


This morning we got up with the lark to enjoy sunrise on Cathedral Valley. We put away the tent and continued the route in the midst of rocks. We needed around 2 hours to reach Lower Cathedral Valley and the two monoliths seen the previous day: Temple of the Moon and Temple of the Sun. After taking pictures we ended the trail. It was around 8 am when we reached Scenic Highway 24. We had breakfast in Caineville.

Cathedral Valley, Utah Cathedral Valley, Utah
Cathedral Valley at 5 am.

Cathedral Valley, Utah Cathedral Valley, Utah
Temple of the Moon and Temple of the Sun.

Goblin Valley and Little Wild Horse Canyon


Then we went for a walk at San Rafael Swell, an uneven plateau covered with amazing rocky formations and canyons. We first reached Goblin Valley State Park; there erosion has carved fantastic and unique goblin-like sculptures out of rock, which inspire the imagination.

We went then to Little Wild Horse Canyon, 6 miles away from Goblin Valley. It is a 4-miles hike, or more if combined with Bell Canyon. Slot canyon lovers will not be disappointed in this canyon as it is really narrow.
Finally, we did not do the loop; we drove toward Moab. We reached this town in mid-afternoon. Moab is not a big town but offers many activities: hiking, cycling, 4X4 trip, climbing... We had dinner at Moab brewery a place with a fantastic atmosphere.

Goblin Valley, Utah Goblin Valley, Utah
Goblin Valley, Utah Goblin Valley.

Little Wild Horse Canyon, Utah Little Wild Horse Canyon, Utah
Little Wild Horse Canyon.

Little Wild Horse Canyon, Utah

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