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Goblin Valley State Park

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Address: Hwy 24, Apx 12 Miles West of Hwy 24, Green River, UT 84525
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+1 435-275-4584
7:00 am - 10:00 pm
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Sun - Sat 7:00 am - 10:00 pm
Recommended length of visit: 1-2 hours

Cowboys searching for cattle first discovered secluded Goblin Valley. Then...

Cowboys searching for cattle first discovered secluded Goblin Valley. Then in the late 1920s, Arthur Chaffin, owner/operator of the Hite ferry, and two companions were searching for an alternative route between Green River and Caineville. They came to a vantage point about a mile west of Goblin Valley and were awed by what they saw, five buttes and a valley of strange-shaped rock formations surrounded by a wall of eroded cliffs. In 1949, Chaffin returned to the area he called Mushroom Valley. He spent several days exploring the mysterious valley and photographing its scores of intricately eroded creatures. The area was acquired by the state of Utah and in 1964 was officially designated a state park. 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. Opened to the public as a state park in 1964. Park Elevation - 5,000 feet

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This place is surreal - it feels like stepping on an alien planet: the soil is soft and walking on it is so much fun. You could easily spend 4-6 hours hiking, exploring... read more

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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 2 days ago NEW via mobile

This place is surreal - it feels like stepping on an alien planet: the soil is soft and walking on it is so much fun. You could easily spend 4-6 hours hiking, exploring, photographing every nook of this park. The drive to it was very deserted: we did not see ANY cars for about 40 minutes. Nevertheless, a cool experience.

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4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 1 week ago via mobile

Worth the stop. Took some great photos with my Nikon and cell phone. Beautiful views. $13 fee to get in and I think $25 to camp

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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 1 week ago via mobile

On parade. What a magical place! The best view is from the observation point but do venture between the troops. They are studying the impact of tourism there so they purposefully do NOT restrict access. It is ok to climb on the dwarf's hats if you are nimble enough! What an opportunity for preteens or teens to blow of some... More 

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4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 1 week ago

So, we are headed for Capitol Reef National Park and we see a sign for Goblin Valley. Checked it out on my phone and we headed over. Way further off the road than I had expected - but when we got there, it was so worth the detour. Those goblins are fascinating. They are remnants of eroded sandstone and it... More 

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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 2 weeks ago

I love taking people here and it sure has grown over the years. The area is perfect for kids of all ages, even the ones with gray hair!!

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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 4 weeks ago via mobile

We visited over the summer, and while the weather was warm, the experience couldn't have been any cooler! We spent about 4 hours exploring the goblins. It was so much fun to explore without trails. After exploring, we headed over to our campsite (site 12). If you're in a tent GET THIS SITE! It is surrounded by beautiful red rocks.... More 

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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed January 2, 2017

It truly felt like we had stepped into a different world. The goblins were spectacular! Our kids ages 7-14 had a great time running around the goblins. None of us could get over how beautiful and crazy it was. We went to Goblin Valley as a side trip on our way home so we only had a short amount of... More 

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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed January 1, 2017

Running and hiding in the goblins was so much fun! I was here in April of 2015 and had an amazing time. The caves in the rocks were good hiding places to wait to scare someone pretending to be a goblin.

Thank Taylor S
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed December 27, 2016

Very interesting rock formations. Fun to walk in, on and around. The park had some public facilities

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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed December 19, 2016

Driving from the visitor center to the main observation part was short distant. Then we walked around the Goblin. This place is very unique and awesome.

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