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The Valley of the Goblins

Goblin Valley State Park

Canyonlands + Abajo Mountains, Utah

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  • Estrada goblins on the valley floor.- The Valley of the Goblins
  • Erosion resistant rock sits atop softer layers, resulting in shapes that resemble torsos and heads.- The Valley of the Goblins
  • Surrounded by goblins in Goblin Valley State Park.- The Valley of the Goblins
  • Looking northwest across valley regions one and two. The San Rafael Swell and Wild Horse Butte rise in the distance.- The Valley of the Goblins
  • Viewing the goblins from above.- The Valley of the Goblins
  • Exploring the arid canyon mesas.- The Valley of the Goblins
  • South-facing overlook of region three. The remote, rugged Henry Mountains are in the far distance.- The Valley of the Goblins
  • Southwest view from the same overlook toward Wild Horse Mesa.- The Valley of the Goblins
  • The northeast view toward Molly's Castle.- The Valley of the Goblins
  • Heaps of goblins.- The Valley of the Goblins
  • The park is a great place for exploring.- The Valley of the Goblins
  • - The Valley of the Goblins
Overview + Weather
Pros: 
Unique geology. Self-guided exploration. Park campground and nearby BLM land.
Cons: 
Seasonally crowded. Pay for access. Potentially extreme weather conditions.
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Region:
Canyonlands + Abajo Mountains, UT
Congestion: 
Moderate
Pets allowed: 
Yes
Net Elevation Gain: 
100.00 ft (30.48 m)
Parking Pass: 
State Park Fee
Preferable Season(s):
Winter, Summer, Fall
Total Distance: 
0.00 mi (0.00 km)
Trail type: 
Loop
Trailhead Elevation: 
5,000.00 ft (1,524.00 m)
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Hike Description

Hike Description

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The main attraction at the heart of Utah's Goblin Valley State Park is a self-guided exploration of the valley itself. Geological uplift along with wind and water erosion have combined to sculpt the Jurassic Period deposits laid down some 170 million years ago into thousands of unique sandstone shapes near the cliffs encompassing the valley floor. Even amongst the wide array of wonders available in Utah, this area stands out as a true gem for outdoor enthusiasts.  

While there are established trails within the park, the valley is entirely undeveloped. Park maps indicate there are three valley regions, but there is no marked signage within the valley itself. The region's environment is harsh, and only few plant and animal species have adapted well enough to call it home. In certain ways, this adds to the beauty of the rugged landscape.  

A campground is located on the west end of the park (24 spaces, two yurts), and BLM land outside of the park also offers camping opportunities. 

Note that, for some visitors, it is easy to lose directional orientation on the undulated valley floor. Please carry sufficient water and take the necessary safety precautions for an enjoyable visit.

 

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