Another beautiful sunset in the park. Patience pays off if you wait long enough. And to make it more impressive, the Goblins offer an amazing foreground when the sky turns red/orange/yellow. You do not have to wonder off far once in the valley of Goblins. Select a few that you like and wait for the show.more
A great place to start when visiting Goblin is the visitor center. Now you can enter the park by paying the entry fee through your car window. However, taking the time to park and walk in is worth while. Very informative and has souvenirs, maps and books. You can make reservations for a tent site as well.On this most recent visit I met one of the...more
There are, according to the State Park pamphlet, a few short hikes to undertake leaving from the well designed and very informative boards near the parking area. But, as this information booth can be seen from most everywhere it is difficult to get lost, so we just wandered around for about 40 mins before the dust drove us away. These are some of...more
The goblins were formed through a series of events, some of which are easy to understand and explain while others remain somewhat a mystery. That exposed rock could be sculpted by these forces of water and wind is an idea that man can easily grasp. We have experienced this forces first hand and know their great powers. The rock that they shaped is...more
As if Goblin Valley wasn 't amazing enough on its own, it has the magnificent Henry Mountains as a backdrop which are often still covered in snow for good measure. These mountains are more typical an uprising, doing some in a more deformed or irregular way compared to the one that occurred with the Colorado Plateau where a more uniform and massive...more
Huge tectonic forces raised Colorado Plateau and exposed it to the forces of erosion and due to the malleability of the resultant sandstone, incredible buttes, mesas, and oddly shaped formations were created over time. While the rising of the Colorado Plateau does a lot to explain such a landscape's origin, how such a huge area elevated in near...more
It takes a very particular rock to be so easily shaped and sandstone is perfect for such purposes. Sands from ancient seas, rivers and beaches were buried over time and their confinement was the birth of this marvelous meld-able stone but how it came to be exposed is perhaps the biggest mystery of not only Goblin State Park but of all the...more
There are three short hikes in the park itself. All three could be hiked in one day quite easily but as with all photographic opportunities you have to choose where you want to be at sunset wisely. The Entrada Canyon Trail is a 1.3 mile one way hike from the campground to the goblins viewing area. This can be combined with the Carmel Canyon Trail...more
Goblin State Park is located right off scenic Route 24, about 90 miles and 90 minutes from Capitol Reef National Park to its southwest and another 70 miles and a little less than 90 minutes to Arches National Park to its east. The park day use fees are $7 per carload but far better value to camp for $16 as this includes free use of hot water showers.
I was here 2 years ago 2008-many children climbing too high a hoodoo or other high areas, advised to watch your children.
Only other danger, the more children you bring with you , the more difficult to advise them to leave the park-children cares less about 'scenic wonders' and rather beat up the goblins and get dirty lol.
Luggage and bags:
With such short trails a small day bag is sufficient to carry water and perhaps a salty snack of some kind to keep your mineral levels up in this often harsh desert environment.
Clothing/Shoes/Weather Gear: Sturdy hiking boots are best for desert walking. Some of the trails have tricky footing and good ankle support comes in handy. Long sleeve light colored shirts and pants protect you from the sun and are good for quick changes in the weather when temperatures can drop quite suddenly.
Toiletries and Medical Supplies: Sunscreen should be worn at all times.
Photo Equipment: A wide angle is great for atmospheric Goblin shots, taking in lots of the landscape as a backdrop to your chose favorite rock formation. A polarizer is good for midday shooting but best to shoot early evening or morning. Zoom for pronghorn shots and to get up close to formations in the distance.
Camping/Beach/Outdoor Gear: You'll want a tent and good sleeping bags and mats to camp at the can't miss Goblin Valley State Park Campground.
Goblin State Park, with its weird rock formations is usually missed by most tourists from outside the state. Everyone that I have asked did not realize that it exists, but it is a 'must see' for the otherworldly feeling you get when wandering around inside the valley.
Showers are available last time I visited. There is a $6.00 fee to enter the park the last time I visited.Update 2013: The entry fee is now $7.00. Showers are not available to day users, only campers. There are 4 individual shower rooms. My group used all 4 and from what we can tell,, Shower 1 and 3 were the warmest (from left to right, they are...more
The scenery alone would have made this walk well worth while but on heading towards Molly's Castle we noticed something moving not far ahead of us. On closer inspection, it was a lone pronghorn, out to begin his evening feeding now that the day had cooled off somewhat. Surely, he had noticed us before he became apparent to us as though weary he...more