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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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We stopped at Goblin Valley on our way to Moab, I wish we would have had more time. We practically had the place to ourselves. It was very cool to climb on the rocks and we took... read more

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Burlington, New Jersey
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We stopped at Goblin Valley on our way to Moab, I wish we would have had more time. We practically had the place to ourselves. It was very cool to climb on the rocks and we took alot pics.

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Charlotte, North Carolina
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Reviewed 4 days ago NEW via mobile

This place is bananas! It is like nothing else on earth. My kids loved racing around and climbing these hoodoos. Best site for capture the flag EVER! I wish we had time to see the stars. This is one of the best places in the US for star gazing. Really great for letting kids run off steam on your way... More 

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Winchester, Virginia
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Worth a stop if you are in the area. The formations are stunning and so different from anything we have ever seen! Recommend you spend a few hours by going down and walking around and in them just to get a good feel for it. No need to take any of the planned hikes, just wander around these structures. Also,... More 

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Los Angeles, California
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We were headed to Green River from Capitol Reef NP and decided to take a little detour to Goblin Valley SP. It's a little out of the way, but worth it. The roads leading to the park are paved and maintained. Awesome rock formations, you'd think you're in another planet. Totally out of this world. The park has been featured... More 

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Mesquite, Nevada
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Reviewed 1 week ago NEW

Located 48 miles southwest of Green River, Utah, via State Road 24 lies this amazing scenery of sculptured desert. From deposits laid 170 million years ago by vast inland sea, Goblin Valley State Park was sculpted by forces of nature such as uplift and erosion by wind and water. Today, results of these weathering are witnessed in the stone gnomes... More 

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Orlando, FL
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Reviewed 1 week ago

Very cool park, very far off the only road that is in the middle of no where. If you are going this way, you probably already know that. DO NOT mess with the "rangers"...these guys are law enforcement types, not host types.

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Denver, Colorado
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Reviewed 1 week ago

One of the coolest places on Earth. Great for kids to run around and really awesome photos. Another world!

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My wife, our two and half old twins and myself went to Goblin Valley with some friends. We did the Goblin's Lair hike which is probably worth the price of admission itself, especially once you get into the cavern. After our hike we took the kids to play on and around the hoodoos. It was a fun time, but I... More 

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West Haven, Utah
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My husband and I went Razor riding down by Goblin state park. We paid to go in and see valley of the goblins and then went riding out rzr on the outskirts of the park. What incredible scenery. We were staying in green river utah, but the camping looked pretty nice. Great areas for dry camping.

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Seattle, Washington
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Reviewed 1 week ago

We were encouraged to see this valley and were so happy we did. It is a bit of a drive, but we weren’t disappointed. Dogs get to come along on this visit (as do the kids).

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