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Goblin Valley State Park

Reservations
1-800-322-3770
Website
Official Website
Category
Recreation/Park, State Park
Formations in Goblin Valley

Goblin Valley State Park is famous for its large collections of fancifully shaped rock formations. All of these unique and enchanting rock sculptures have been carved by centuries of abrasion by wind and water.

The Goblin Valley 3,654 -acre park, filled with hundreds of geologic wonders, is open to the public. Hikers can spend a few hours or an entire day wandering through the goblins and urchins. It is easy to imagine the antics of these chocolate goblins amid balanced rocks, spires and pedestals. Towering over the valley is a contrastingly white peak called Temple Mountain.

This area is a photographer's paradise. It is worthwhile to hike to the top of Temple Mountain for a panoramic view of the valley. Off-highway enthusiasts will find hundreds of miles of dirt roads nearby. History buffs can discover traces of early Indians, prospectors, miners and ranchers.

In the warm months, hikers can stay and camp in the 21-unit campground. Facilities at the 3,654-acre park include a campground, observation outlook, culinary water, modern restrooms, hot water showers and a sanitary dump station for trailers and motorhomes.

Learn more about other sites in the San Rafael Swell.

Category
Recreation/Park, State Park
Reservation Info

Reservations are available for group-use and individual campers. Individual campsite reservations may be made from three to 120 days in advance. Group reservations may be made one year in advance. To make reservations, please phone 1-800-322-3770 from 8 a.m. to 5 p.m. Monday through Friday. Or visit, Goblin Valley Reservations.

Reservations are not required but are advised. Unreserved sites are available on a first come, first served basis.

Facilities
 Observation outlook, picnic tables, 21-site campground with full services, restrooms and handicap access
Additional Details

History of Goblin Valley

Cowboys searching for cattle first discovered Goblin Valley. Then in the late 1920s, Arthur Chaffin, owner of the Hite ferry, and two companions were searching for an alternative route between Green River and Cainsville. They came to a vantagepoint about a mile west of Goblin Valley. What they say was amazing- five buttes and a valley of strange-shaped rock formations surrounded by a wall of eroded cliffs.

In 1949, Chaffin returned to the area that he called Mushroom Valley. He spent several days exploring the mysterious valley and photographing its scores of intricately eroded creatures.

Visitors began to flow to the valley despite its remoteness. In 1954, it was proposed that Goblin Valley be protected from vandalism. The state of Utah later acquired the property and established Goblin Valley State Reserve. It was officially designated a state park in 1964.

Basic Directions

Off Highway 24 and I-70, part of the San Rafael Swell, 225 miles from Salt Lake City