Thursday, March 6, 2014

Hike among the hoodoos at Goblin Valley State Park, Utah

Goblin Valley State Park is one of Utah's most popular parks. It offers incredible scenery and great opportunity for hiking and camping. The goblin-like hoodoos here are unique and fun for all ages. Goblin Valley includes an area where soft sandstone has eroded into interesting shapes, somewhat resembling goblins. In some spots the rock formations are close together and produce a maze-like playground ideal for family explorations.

Many people think the park landscape has a surreal appearance. A Hollywood movie, "Galaxy Quest," was filmed at Goblin Valley State Park because of its unearthly scenery. Many serious photographers come here to get shots of the goblins during the late evening or early morning hours, when shadows provide contrast to the sun-bathed rock.

Activities include sightseeing from the park overlook, hiking among the goblins, photography, picnicking and camping. Nearby you’ll find ATV and mountain bike trails, as well as slot canyons.

Facilities include a campground with heated restrooms/showers, group camping spot, picnic areas, hiking trails, and a Visitor Center.

Spring and fall are ideal times to visit this park. Winter days are often mild and hiking can be enjoyable, but winter nights can be very cold (often near 0 F). Summer days can be very hot. During summer it is pleasant to explore here during the early morning and late evening hours. 

Open year-round; no holiday closures. The Visitor Center is open daily from 8 a.m. to 5 p.m. However, during winter months (Nov. - Feb.), the Visitor Center may be closed for short periods while staff is away at lunch or on park business, and occasionally may be closed all day if no staff is available.

Located near the town of Hanksville, approximately 216 miles southeast of Salt Lake City. From I-70, exit onto Highway 24 and drive south for approximately 24 miles to the signed park turnoff, which is also the turnoff for Temple Mountain. From the Hwy 24 turnoff, follow the paved road for about 12 miles to park.

Entrance Fees
$7 per vehicle
$4 per vehicle with a Utah senior 62+
$75 annual pass is available at the park
$35 Senior Adventure (annual) Pass

Main Campground: $16 ($8 extra vehicle fee).
Back-in sites are available and can accommodate RVs up to 59 feet. No hookups. There is a sewage disposal station. Group overnight camping is available.

Camping Reservations:
Online: ReserveAmerica (this website also includes additional information)
800-322-3770 (toll-free from outside the Salt Lake City area)
801-322-3770 (from within the Salt Lake City area)

Contact Information:
Goblin Valley State Park
P.O. Box 637
Green River, UT 84525-0637

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