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“Worth a visit if you have time”

Goblin Valley State Park
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Goblin Valley State Park Canyoneering Adventure
Ranked #1 of 13 things to do in Green River
Certificate of Excellence
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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
Reviewed September 17, 2013

We spent a fun afternoon wandering among the goblins. The campground offered hot showers, and covered picnic tables. Warning: if there has been a recent heavy rain, the tent pads fill with water and there are no drains. The worst sites for this were the tent-only sites, ironically. There are 6 tent sites that are not reservable. About half the sites were occupied by an ATV club, so be prepared for the ATVs going by, and the generators to be going until quiet time at 10 PM. The campground is in the bright sun by 7 AM - so most everyone is an early riser.

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Reviewed September 17, 2013

This park has come a long way since our first visit--now has camping spaces/ ranger services / This is an ideal park for all ages -walks among the "goblins" not threatening for younger children

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Reviewed September 15, 2013

it's on the way to wherever you're going in UT, so just stop already. Base yourself in Green River and just go in for a day if that's all you can afford in your schedule, because it'll be worth it. Just outside the park are several great slot canyon hikes - no ropes required.

2  Thank MattR224
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Reviewed September 14, 2013

The Goblins were great. A relatively short detour off the main road from Moab to Capitol Reef, and it's fully paved all the way. This is one of the bizzarest places I have ever been, and whilst it is a bit of a one-hit wonder, and you don't need all that much time to se it, it is worth it. This is one of the remotest spots in the lower 48 so it wasn't that long ago that the first settlers discovered it ... We were a bit worried about the heat in August, but we had a perfect sunny day and it was 72 degrees at mid day. The drive to the Goblins with the San Rafael Swell(?) on your right as you approach the park is worth it on its own.

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Reviewed September 4, 2013

Goblin Valley is a must see in Utah! I suggest staying at the campground which is very well kept and campsites are nestled right against the rock, and visiting the goblins in the late afternoon when the sunlight reflects at just the right angle. You get the impression of being on another planet at someoint! Save the morning for the slot canyon Little Horse just a few miles away and experience an awesome trail!

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