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Goblin Valley State Park

Hwy 24, Apx 12 Miles West of Hwy 24, Green River, UT 84525
+1 435-275-4584
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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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Hwy 24, Apx 12 Miles West of Hwy 24, Green River, UT 84525
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"rock formations"
in 60 reviews
"capitol reef"
in 41 reviews
"covered picnic area"
in 17 reviews
"the san rafael swell"
in 10 reviews
"little wild horse canyon"
in 32 reviews
"unique formations"
in 7 reviews
"fun place to visit"
in 8 reviews
"worth the detour"
in 7 reviews
"slot canyon"
in 24 reviews
"running water"
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"great for kids"
in 10 reviews
"walk around"
in 12 reviews
"entrance fee"
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"off the highway"
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"ranger station"
in 7 reviews
"bring plenty of water"
in 7 reviews
"off the beaten path"
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Reviewed yesterday

This is in the middle of nowhere and about 50 miles off of I70. This is a state park and well worth it because you are permitted to climb over everything. You must come with plenty of liquids. It is the desert. My family spent...More

Thank Dominic B
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Reviewed 3 days ago

What an amazing experience. This was a must see while in Utah and it was worth every bit of the travel time for us to get here. We arrive late afternoon and stayed till it closed so we could experience the night sky. We ran...More

Thank Amy E
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Reviewed 4 days ago via mobile

We visited Goblin Valley and stayed in one of their Yurts. The park is small but nice. we had a great time walking around the goblins and gazing at the night sky. You should know that the Yurts do not have any sheets or pillows....More

Thank Autumn S
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Reviewed 1 week ago

I rode my BMW GS1200 motorcycle into the campground. Got water and headed out down a dirt road perpendicular to the road that takes you to Little Wild Horse and Ding and Dang. Went a mile in or so and found a nice little canyon...More

Thank Joe C
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Reviewed 2 weeks ago

This is the most awesome Park. We love it here. The formations are different than anyplace you will visit. Looks like a mushroom village. Be very careful if you are visiting anytime from April till November....the place is HOT and you will need plenty of...More

Thank Mary Jo W
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Reviewed 3 weeks ago

From the pictures you might think there are just a few cool rock formations, but you can spend the entire day at Goblin Valley and not see all the wild shapes. Every angle is different. You can walk the three valleys, where there are no...More

1  Thank Gafilpoo
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Reviewed 4 weeks ago via mobile

I love this park. Getting lost among the goblins is amazing. Fun to hike and climb around for different views. Feels like another planet or a movie set. Surreal and peaceful.

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Reviewed July 14, 2018

We stayed in the Goblin Valley State Park campground for one night in July. It was hot, which was expected of course, so we appreciated that each campsite had a shade shelter. The bathrooms were clean and the showers were great! There is potable water...More

Thank graciel1232015
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Reviewed July 14, 2018

The entrance fee is 15$ and you receive brochures at the entrance. From the parking you have a large view. But the best is a short free walking between the variety of rock forms. I think 1 hour is enough to have a good impression...More

1  Thank Andras54
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Reviewed July 1, 2018 via mobile

What was supposed to be a travel day between National Parks included a stop here. What an incredible place. The landscape is amazing. Thank you to the volunteer park ranger at Canyonlands for suggesting it.

Thank PJBSCH
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Maksim_075
June 12, 2018|
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Response from jamied49er | Reviewed this property |
$15 per car.
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juliejohnston
April 28, 2018|
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Response from Nigel H | Reviewed this property |
Depends on what kind of trip you want. If you want some downtime and time to relax between hikes, then two nights would suffice. One day to hike inside the park and another to hike the Kicking Horse slot canyon just outside.
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Lux M
March 1, 2018|
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Response from Eddiepeepee | Reviewed this property |
It’s about 3or 4miles . Just ask the mute in the visitor center !
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