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desert landscape at Goblin Valley State Park

If you love desert landscapes, then a visit to Goblin Valley State Park is a must.

Known for its unique geology and unusual rock formations, which include spire-shaped rock formations like hoodoos and goblins, this Utah state park’s distinctive landscape has been shaped by millions of years of erosion.

This has resulted in a scenic and otherworldly landscape that draws visitors from around the world to its majestic beauty.

Two of the main attractions at Goblin Valley State Park are hiking and photography, as visitors can explore the park’s numerous trails and get up close and personal with the hoodoos and goblins. The park also has several picnic areas, as well as a campground, making it a great destination for a day trip or overnight camping adventure.

Situated just a 90 minute drive from Moab, Goblin Valley State Park is an easy destination to get to by car.

Visitors should be prepared for the park’s hot and dry desert environment on arrival. But once they are there they will get to marvel at a land that time forgot.

entrance sign at Goblin Valley State Park

Activities

As mentioned above, the park offers visitors several different ways to enjoy its landscape via a range of leisurely outdoor pursuits.

Here is a quick overview of some of the things you can see and do at Goblin Valley State Park.

Hiking at Goblin Valley State Park

For those interested in hiking, the park has several trails that offer visitors the opportunity to explore its spectacular geology and scenic beauty in closer detail.

The park’s trails range from short, easy hikes that most people can attempt to longer, more challenging treks for those of good physical fitness. Providing visitors with the opportunity to see the park’s famous hoodoos and goblins up close and personal, it is a must-do activity for any outdoor enthusiast or nature lover.

Some of the popular trails at Goblin Valley State Park include the Goblin’s Lair Trail, which is a short, easy hike that leads visitors through a narrow canyon filled with goblins, and the Wild Horse Trail, which is a longer, more challenging hike that offers scenic views of the surrounding desert landscape.

Before setting off on any of the hikes, guests should wear appropriate footwear, drink plenty of water and wear sunscreen and a hat. It is also worth taking warmer clothes as it can get very chilly at night.

children hiking at Goblin Valley State Park

Photography at Goblin Valley State Park

Goblin Valley State Park is a photographer’s paradise.

Whether you are a professional or a keen amateur, the park’s enchanting and distinctive landscape provides plenty of inspiration for that perfect shot.

Visitors are encouraged to bring their cameras and to explore the park’s many trails and overlooks to capture images of the park’s famous hoodoos and goblins, as well as its surrounding desert landscape.

The park’s scenic beauty is particularly stunning during sunrise and sunset, when the light illuminates the hoodoos and goblins in beautiful hues of orange and red.

In addition to capturing images of the park’s geology, visitors may also want to capture images of the park’s wildlife and plants, including desert bighorn sheep, rattlesnakes, cacti, and yucca.

Picnicking at Goblin Valley State Park

The park provides visitors with a unique opportunity to enjoy a scenic outdoor meal or snack while exploring the park’s fascinating geology and beautiful desert environment.

Throughout it you will find several picnic areas with tables and grills which provide a comfortable and convenient place for visitors to enjoy a meal or snack in the beautiful desert landscape.

Visitors are welcome to bring their own food with them, but it is important to remember to pack out all trash and to leave the park as it was found to help preserve its natural beauty for future generations.

Hoodoo formations at Goblin Valley State Park

Nature & Wildlife

The park’s spectacular desert landscape is home to several species of nature and wildlife.

Throughout the park you should see plenty of native plants and cacti, including yucca, sagebrush, and prickly pear cactus.

In addition, you should also keep a lookout for rattlesnakes, coyotes, and desert bighorn sheep, as well as lizards and other reptiles. While in the skies above, a variety of birds, including hawks, eagles, and vultures can be seen.

Pets

Pets are more than welcome at Goblin Valley State Park, but visitors should be aware of the park’s regulations in terms of their presence there.

At all times during their visit, pets need to be leashed. Owners should also clean up after they have made a mess and ensure they are well behaved.

While dogs are allowed on all park trails, they are not allowed in park buildings or on park beaches. In addition, guests should keep in mind that Goblin Valley State Park is located in a desert environment, which can be hot and dry.

This means that pets may be susceptible to heat exhaustion and dehydration, so it is important to bring plenty of water and to keep a close eye on your pet while exploring the park.

Wildhorse Window Arch at Goblin Valley State Park

Camping

Camping at Goblin Valley State Park is recommended if you want to take a few days to experience its unique geology and scenic beauty.

At the park there is a fabulous campground with both tent and RV sites available to visitors. Amenities such as electrical hookups, showers and toilets can be found there, as well as picnic tables and fire rings at each individual site.

Camping fees vary depending on the time of year and type of site, and reservations are recommended, especially during the busy summer months.

Park Location

Goblin Valley State Park
Goblin Valley Rd
Green River, UT 84525
Phone: 435.275.4584

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Video

Here is a short YouTube video showcasing several attractions at Goblin Valley State Park: