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Goblin Valley State Park
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Goblin Valley State Park Canyoneering Adventure
Ranked #1 of 11 things to do in Green River
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Recommended length of visit: 1-2 hours
Owner description: 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
Park City, UT
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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 21 helpful votes
“Very Cool and Unusual!”
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed November 23, 2012

This area is in a remote area. There's not much around, so be prepared to have what you need (food and water). It's a geologic wonder, and the surrounding area just outside the state park is beautiful. You can camp in the park or out. Tons of hiking, biking, and off road trails. Kids will love it, and there's a lot of history here from the mining days.

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“Like being on Mars!”
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed November 17, 2012

It is called Goblin Valley State Park because there are statuesque red rock formations that look like goblins from Mars! Some of the most fascinating rock formations us experienced travellers have ever seen. There is a campground there but not a lot of services. There is a small town nearby also.

We would suggest this as a 1 hour to half day stop on the way to any number of places in this part of Utah. If you've not visited this general area of southcentral and southeastern Utah, you are missing some of the most spectacular vistas on earth.

The "goblins" make for great picture taking and you can view the formations from your car, but you will want to hike down 100 yards and 50 million years into the valley. TAKE A CAMERA!

There is a small Day Use Fee. The restrooms are okay but not great. The campground looks good but there is no shade.

This is near the Escalante Pass and Capitol Reef, both are exquisite and not far from Cedar Breaks. All of these places are well worth your time. It would be a great place to offroad and there are areas which it is allowed.

Visited August 2012
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Springfield, Missouri
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“So Glad we stopped”
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed November 5, 2012

We had done a whirlwind trip through Arches (which was very crowded) and Canyonlands ( which was hard to see in the limited time we had); and decided to turn off and just take a look at Goblin Valley. We arrived just about an hour and a half before sunset. This place was the highlight of our day. My wife has arthritis and cannot do the 2 or 3 mile hikes into the interesting areas of some parks. Here you can park at the parking area and walk right into the middle of the attraction. The hoodoos are fascinating and you can climb right up on them. This is great for kids, but fun for anyone. You must bring any food or drink with you, there are no facilities in the park except the campground.

Visited September 2012
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Kirkby Lonsdale, United Kingdom
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“So weird you must do it!”
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed October 9, 2012

This delightful place is a bit of a detour off the main road but WELL worth it. Come early or late in the day as it gets roasting hot. Kids will love this place and have all sorts of fun scrambling around. Set in a bowl the 'valley' actually consists of several small valleys and canyons. Unlike most other national parks or monuments you actually encouraged to just walk around and clamber over the hoodoos and in and out of the canyons. If you explore into the back of the bowl where it meets the cliffs, pack your internal compass or take an actual one - it is easy to get turned around in the canyons. Carry water too! There is a shelter/ picnic area by the parking lot and a small gift shop at the park entrance but plan to bring everything you need for your visit. This place is so much fun you must make the effort to get here.

Visited September 2012
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Colorado Springs, Colorado
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“Hoo Doos and Other-Worldly Formations Make For Great Photos”
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed October 4, 2012

We try to travel to the Moab area every couple of years. I'd been wanting to go to Goblin Valley for some time but, since it is beyond Moab for us, we kept skipping it. Well, after finally getting there this year, I don't think we will ever skip it again! We loved this area. It isn't the large scale of the rocks and formations found at Canyonlands. Rather, it is a charming several acres of "hoo-doos." These are rock formations that look like large mushrooms, like fairy castles and pagodas, and perhaps something from outer space. You can walk around and formations and take photos up close and personal. It was enchanting. Since it is off the beaten track, there are no crowds. You do want to bring snacks and water as there is nothing nearby in the way of restaurants. We brought a picnic lunch to enjoy in the pavilion at the overlook of the valley. Perfect!

Visited September 2012
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