Goblin Valley State Park, Utah

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some random goblins

Once again, I woke up before Tyler and Dawn, and decided to let them sleep in while I walked around and explored the park.  Now that I could see it in daylight, I could appreciate how the park got it's name!  All the eroded dirt "knobs" or hoodoos,  much smaller than those in Bryce, were visible.  People called them "Goblins" because of the eerie way they look in fog or darkness.   The soil composition seemed to be similer to that of Badlands National Park, kind of a hard packed clay that formed into these shapes due to wind and water erosion.

I found a narrow slot canyon, and explored it.  It was about 50 feet tall, but only a few feet wide.

Inside the slot canyon
   It wound its way into the hillside, and came to and end.  It was much cooler in the shaded slot canyon than out in the open, where it was over 90 degrees pretty early on.

When the rest of the crew got up, we packed up our belongings and went to the restrooms to take showers...but the shower doors were locked!  We asked the camp attendant about it, he said the restrooms had just been built and the showers were not hooked up yet!  Apparently, this park is more of a day-trip destination, for picnickers and the like, and doesn't see as many overnight guests like us.   Plus, everyone else had their own RV's.   I guess tent campers like us are a dying breed!  Oh, well, we washed up as best we could in the restroom and headed off to explore the park.  

There were many trails and walking paths all around the goblin hoodoos, and Tyler delighted in climbing most of them.  It seemed to be a valley of giant stone mushrooms!   It's very interesting how you can be driving along a regular desert landscape, then all of a sudden come across all these strange little knobs, all about the same size.   We walked around, took several pictures, then it was off to our next stop...Canyonlands National Park!

jostravel says:
My 2nd favourite! Those photos are lovely :)
Posted on: Apr 19, 2016
jostravel says:
I love camping "old style" - it's a shame some people can't be without their home comforts.
Posted on: Apr 19, 2016
mypictures4u says:
Only a small State Park. But I loved it!
Posted on: Jun 13, 2007
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some random goblins
some random goblins
Inside the slot canyon
Inside the slot canyon
Goblin Valley
Goblin Valley
Like a strange little valley of mu…
Like a strange little valley of m…
near our site
near our site
We had a good corner spot
We had a good corner spot
There were a few other RV campers …
There were a few other RV campers…
much of the park was fairly level,…
much of the park was fairly level…
flatlands gave way to eroded hills…
flatlands gave way to eroded hill…
erosion at its best!
erosion at it's best!
A slot canyon I found on my mornin…
A slot canyon I found on my morni…
the end of the slot canyon, about …
the end of the slot canyon, about…
approaching the actual Goblin Va…
approaching the actual "Goblin" V…
over a hill, and all these knob-go…
over a hill, and all these knob-g…
Ty climbs the formations...they ar…
Ty climbs the formations...they a…
very cool shapes
very cool shapes
I thought they looked like giant m…
I thought they looked like giant …
Tyler is dwarfed by some of the fo…
Tyler is dwarfed by some of the f…
Goblin Valley
Goblin Valley
Goblin Valley
Goblin Valley
Goblin Valley
Goblin Valley
Goblin Valley
Goblin Valley
Goblin Valley
Goblin Valley
Goblin Valley
Goblin Valley
Goblin Valley
Goblin Valley
Goblin Valley
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Goblin Valley
Goblin Valley
Goblin Valley
Goblin Valley
Goblin Valley
Goblin Valley
This RV looks like its sitting on…
This RV looks like it's sitting o…
heading out
heading out
random formation in the middle of …
random formation in the middle of…
looks like a storm coming in?
looks like a storm coming in?
the long road in and out of the pa…
the long road in and out of the p…
Goblin Valley State Park
photo by: WaltJake