“a vast landscape of sandstone goblins”
Goblin Valley State Park is a showcase of geologic history. Exposed cliffs reveal parallel layers of rock bared by erosion. Because of the uneven hardness of sandstone, some patches resist erosion much better than others. The softer material is removed by wind and water, leaving thousands of unique, geologic goblins. Water erosion and the smoothing action of windblown dust work together to shape the goblins. Bedrock is exposed because of the thin soil and lack of vegetation. When rain does fall, there are few plant roots and little soil to capture and hold the water, which quickly disappears, in muddy streams without penetrating the bedrock.
Such a cool area, and a really awesome place to hike around and explore. You can walk among the hoodoos, which are like nothing I've ever seen, and get some out-of-this-world photos. Like Anna said the park is pretty out of the way, but Highway 24 is an awesome drive and park is absolutely worth a visit.
One of the most beautifully alien and under-rated parks in Utah. Bring plenty of supplies especially water- this park is desolate. Even the entrance is about 20 miles into private property. There were many families in the park once we pulled into the service area but I would not want a flat tire here even in peak season.
GO NOW. The park is currently under evaluation by the Park Service due to some high profile incidents of people trashing the place. I would not be surprised if they closed large areas off for preservation. Right now you can walk right up to the hoodoos and through the entire place.
It can get hotter than hell here, so you absolutely will want to bring lots of water. And food, too. Honestly, it's a really unique park and even though it's sort of in the middle of nowhere, it's worth the drive. Hike the trails, explore amongst the rocks (but don't be like that jerk Boy Scout leader who knocked some of the hoodoos over and got busted). Oh, and check out the Three Sisters formation-- definitely one of the funkiest things Mother Nature has ever created.
I really loved this place, but the others I was with refused to leave the picnic area. We were there in Oct. and it was hot, I couldn't imagine what it would be like in summer. I though it was great b/c you could actually go into it and fart around without restriction. I would caution exuberant types that if you hike far enough to not be able to see the observation area/pavilion you might become disoriented so keep your wits about you. They're called "hoodoos"
Incredible. Pick your campsite with the afternoon sun in mind. Dog Friendly with some nice trails in and out of the hoodoos. Also had a great time with the Disc Golf course. Take some of the back trails that wind through the mud hills. Pretty cool stuff.
Oh my gosh this place was so much fun. It's not far from Arches. Go.
A fun place run and walk around all the amazing rock formations. We almost felt like we were on a different planet. Worth the side trip off the main highway that looks like your going nowhere, but stay with it. I loved some of my photos I took of all the rocks I came home and painted pictures of them! If you like to camp there are some nice little sites not far from the rock nestled against bigger rocks!
Really strange and haunting stone formations in a desert-like environment. The "goblins" are located within an easy reach, just a short walk from the parking lot. The nearby Little White Horse slot canyon may be worth exploring too.
Very cool park! Was fun to be able to walk out and around the "Goblins"
This is a fun place to just run around. Short hill down to the valley floor, but a pretty flat walk as far as you feel like roaming. Truly a unique natural wonder and some interesting photography opportunities.
Flash floods are rare, but can be a very real danger in the Utah canyons.
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Goblin Valley State Park
- Sun - Sat: 6:00 am - 10:00 pm
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Not Wheelchair Accessible
24 Camp Sites