Goblin Valley State Park – Utah, USA


 

Goblin Canyon Walls

To get a close-up look at the Goblin walls, click on the image below.
They are rich in naturally occurring artistic detail.

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I spent 4 days and 3 nights at Goblin Valley State Park, and enjoyed every minute!!!! The first day I got there it was overcast and a cool 56 degrees with rain on the way; after that, it was clear, sunny and warmer. I would have stayed longer but winter weather was coming in.

Hiking: It was really fun walking around and through the “canyon goblins” looking at each different figure — it was for sure a God-made playground for kids and adults! There were several hiking trails in Goblin Valley State Park; some were around the canyon goblins and other trails were around the campground area. Some trails were for hiking on foot only, but also had biking trails too.

Picture of a campsite at Goblin Valley State Park.

Camping: The campground was great, each site had a picnic table that was partially enclosed with a roof top on concrete. There was a place to park your vehicle (whether traveling by car or RV) with a place to pitch a tent. Some sites were for tents only … you’d park your car and walk several yards to your “private” tent site in the canyons. Each site had a fire pit too. The campsites were “dry camp”, but there were water pumps through out the campground, my site had one.  The campground area had bathrooms and showers. There was a Dump-n-Fill station for RVs to fill up their tanks with fresh water and to dump out waste. There were 25 campsites altogether, one especially for handicap. Pets were welcomed! Some people had their dogs with them in the campground.

They also had two yurts you can rent out. They were off around a canyon in the campsite in a private area of their own. The yurts were furnished with beds and had heating and a gas grill on the deck. They did not have a bathroom or kitchen inside the yurts, but there was a bathroom nearby for camping in the yurts.

Facilities: The bathrooms on the campground were “normal flush toilets” but for the rest of the park it was “outhouse type toilets” (pit-hole). The water got hot in the sinks on campground, but in the showers the water was a pre-set “warm”. The shower head had a pea-size opening where water poured out (unlike your shower head at home) but it did the job!

Fee: I paid $23 a night to stay in the campground in October 2015 which includes the day pass too; $10 a day for “park only” day access pass. Once you pay and enter in, the road will come to a “T”; to the right is the campground, to the left is the roadway to the canyon goblins attraction area with a parking lot and a big pavilion for picnicking. From there are steps to take you down into the goblin valley area.

Convenience Store: The visitor center, where you pay to get in the park, sold bags of ice in case you run out or need more for your cooler.

Directions: I-70 Utah, at mile marker 149 go South on HWY 24. It is about a 15-20 miles west off of HWY 24, in the middle of no where! The closest town would be Hanksville further south on highway 24. I spent the night in Hanksville after leaving Goblin Valley State Park, there is an RV park in Hanksville, motels, gas stations, and food; other than that it is a small primitive town.

 

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Outside the entrance to the Goblin Valley State Park was other places to visit; like the Wild Horse Canyons and Molly’s Castle. I drove back toward the Wild Horse Canyons and hiked through San Rafael Swell (Sand Reefs) which is the area between the canyons walls where water flows through during a rain. You want to make sure you hike San Rafael Swell during dry weather with NO rain in the forecast, people can actually drown in there during a rainfall.

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