Goblin Valley State Park, Utah

Located in south central Utah and situated in the southern portion of the San Rafael Swell desert, or as the locals here would call it below or the south side of I-70.

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View from the parking lot/observation point.

This State park features some pretty spectacular natural formations that the first settlers of this area named “goblins”. There’s no argument there, they’re spooky and I can only imagine what these formations look like at night with a clear sky and a full moon to light them up. The State Park day use fee is $15 and the park is open year round. Be sure to grab a brochure when you pay your fee at the entrance gate, and go inside for more info about the geology of this area as well as a little gift shop to look around in.

Where is the Park located

From Green River, Utah on I-70, take exit 149 to get on Hwy 24 and follow all the signs to the park from there as it is well signed. 


What to do here
  • Hiking – The park offers several hikes at various difficulty levels or you can just do what most people like to do for the first visit or two and explore the Valley of the Goblins.
  • Canyoneering – With a permit and all the required gear needed for your canyoneering fun, you can attempt The Goblin’s Lair!
  • Camping – The park offers 22 total designated campsites. Two yurts – $100 per night, twelve standard sites for campers or motorhomes – $30 per night, seven tent only sites for $30 per night, and one big group site for $100 per night. All of which can be reserved at 

http://www.reserveamerica.com/

  • Disc golf – I didn’t know about this activity until after visiting the park for the second time. You can get more info on this from the park rangers at the entrance gate. It sounds like it could be a lot of fun!
  • Mountain biking – There are 5 loop trails to explore around the park. The brochure they give you at the gate doesn’t explain these so you might want to ask for more info if interested.
What’s close by
  • Green River, Utah is about an hour away – There’s decent lodging, restaurants, gas stations, truck stops and KOA campgrounds and RV parks sprinkled throughout this small town. Plus The Green River runs right alongside and offers river related activities with that feature as well.
  • Hanksville, Utah is about 45 minutes away – This is an even smaller town but there are a few choices in lodging and a few places to eat. There’s also a pretty cool convenience store built into the sandstone rock called Hollow Mountain.
  • Capital Reef National Park – This National Park is only about an hour away as well so you might even be able to loop down around and get a visit in on one of Utah’s many beautiful National Parks too.
Thoughts

I have been to Goblin Valley before several years back and this second visit was in mid February. We just had a decent snow storm where I live so I was hoping for snow on the hoodoos. As you can see from the pictures, there wasn’t any snow on this side of the swell at all. What a great adventure and opportunity to re-connect with the outdoors in the middle of February. I’m a little disappointed I didn’t know about the disc golf until after my visit. I would’ve loved that and definitely want to participate next time. Check out my video at the end of the page for more of my adventures here!



I wonder what it’s like to camp here and go explore the park in the dark. What do you think? Comment below please!

Author: Tasha

Natasha Hansen is an adventure and travel blogger. Check out her site at gaddingandgallivants.com

6 thoughts on “Goblin Valley State Park, Utah”

  1. Goblin valley has an awesome campsite with small camp sites, yurts and a group camp site with pavilion. Little wild horse canyon is a must do hike right next to goblin valley.

    1. Awesome! I love Little Wild Horse Canyon. It’s definitely a must do if you’re camping at Goblin Valley. It’s a little cold right now but I plan on going back in the summer sometime. Thanks for the comment!

    1. I have not. It’s a slot canyon you can scramble through and is considered strenuous. The permits are for repelling down into it and I don’t believe I should try that anytime soon with my fear of heights, (though getting better) but still a set back for that kind of adventure. Thanks for the comment!

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