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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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Recommended length of visit: 1-2 hours
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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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Very unique place to visit

Such a unique spot to stop and see. The Goblins are so very cool. Great place to explore and take it all in. It's not a very big state park, but if you can get out and hike, it... read more

4 of 5 bubblesReviewed 6 days ago
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Grand Junction, Colorado
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4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 6 days ago NEW

Such a unique spot to stop and see. The Goblins are so very cool. Great place to explore and take it all in. It's not a very big state park, but if you can get out and hike, it is well worth it.

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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 1 week ago NEW via mobile

This place is amazing and worth the detour on the way to some of the larger parks in Utah. It is a great place to explore (can wander no set trails) and see the hoodoos of different shapes and sizes. It is easy to see the valley from the parking lot and easily accessible for most abilities. It looks like... More 

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Montpelier, Idaho
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 1 week ago NEW

We drove 3 young Boy Scouts 7 hours to see this park and it was more than worth it! Be sure to take the trail around the back side of the Goblins to climb into Goblin's Lair. It is a massive crevice/cave that inspires images of Gollum. It is a little tricky to climb down in, but the reward is... More 

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Santa Barbara, California
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4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 1 week ago

Goblin Valley is such a unique spot, and the park is open to walking around the many "goblins". It's very cool to weave through the earthy sculptures. About 1/2 mile from the valley is the state campground. There is tent camping and RV camping and they have dumping stations available, but no hookups. At night the sky is dark and... More 

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Colorado Springs, Colorado, United States
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4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 3 weeks ago

You will feel like you have landed on a distant planet. This place is simply fantastic! There are three separate valleys of "goblins" of all types. The stars at night are not to be missed & campgrounds are an added plus.

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Denver, Colorado, United States
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 3 weeks ago

Goblin Valley State Park is a photographer's paradise. Its eminent feature is its thousands of hoodoos and hoodoo rocks, referred to locally as "goblins", which are formations of mushroom-shaped rock pinnacles, some as high as several meters. It is a children's paradise, but as it covers 5 square miles of hands-on explorable and eminently photographical terrain, you rarely have to... More 

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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 3 weeks ago via mobile

It is Earth, but you won't feel like it! This was breathtaking! And at night, we were literally directly underneath and in full view of the Milky Way! There are restrictions on any lights (except flashlights and headlights) with ten miles! So you can imagine how the stars come alive, but I recommend you visit and see for yourself! They... More 

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Ogden, Utah
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 4 weeks ago

This place feels like you are on a different planet. There is such a big area to explore. You can see a great view just from the observation area, or do a very short hike down into the valley itself and walk around as much as you want to.

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Magnolia, Texas
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 5 weeks ago

This place seems like another planet. Really cool geologic formations that look like you're on another planet. Easy walk through the formations, and great photo opportunities.

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4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed October 29, 2016 via mobile

So a very nice visit and would recommend. However if you are touring the area including Arches, Canyonlands, and Capitol Reef and then Bryce, if you are tight on schedule I would skip. The view point itself is small. In order to enjoy you would need to spend a few hours hiking. You will see some good stuff, but basic... More 

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