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Goblin Valley State Park, Green River

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Explore one of the county's most unusual landscapes at Goblin Valley State Park. The 1,479 ha (3,654 acre) area is known for its thousands of hoodoos and hoodoo rocks--mushroom-shaped formations known locally as "goblins." You can explore the Mars-like landscape via one of its three marked hiking trails or admire it from one of the viewpoints. Bear in mind that the park is in a desert with little shade, so dress accordingly. See Goblin Valley State Park and all Green River has to offer by arranging your trip with our Green River trip generator.
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  • I do love this spot but it just isn't as exciting as the other parks nearby. If you have to pick one spot I'd pick arches. You do need some imagination to picture the goblins. There isn't a lot of act...  more »
  • We visited goblin valley as a side-trip on a bigger visit to Lake Powell and Canyonlands. The drive to get to Goblin Valley was fairly short and fairly scenic (at least as a side-bar to our travel rou...  more »
  • It is fine and dandy that there are a bunch of rocks that look like little goblins and the really young kids will be delighted but it is a VERY long drive from anywhere else and the $17 admission char...  more »
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  • love this place. great staff at the entrance. camping is superb here. desert camping at it's finest. hot showers and great campsites. just need water at the pavilion at the Goblins since 3 months of the year is so hot there. great job Utah for keeping a playground for the kids and a beautiful place to visit.
  • This place is interesting. The hiking is low intensity (we had a 2,3, and 4 year old in our party and they were able to handle most of the walking necessary) and as long or as short as you are interested. We will definitely be returning in the future. I would suggest bringing whistles if you have a larger party that may want to split into smaller groups. Cell reception is non-existent in the canyon and visibility in the canyon is obstructed by the formations.
  • Kids loved hiking around freely and riding scooters/ bikes in the campground. Weather was great for the first of spring except for the wind. We had the group site reserved and I was camping in a tent. It would be nice to have a closer bathroom but I was able to use my sisters trailer occasionally. It is nice to have a water faucet at each camp and the bathrooms do have showers, just to operate there is supposed to be a button you push??? The only one I got to work without a button had the light burned out so I had to shower in the dark. Some operating instructions would be nice. We saw The Valley of the goblins and did little wild horse slot canyon hike. My boys are 4 and 6 and did pretty well hiking as long as we took snack breaks. The visitors center has hot chocolate and other fun toys and educational info and souvenirs and ice, but they ran out of ice cream while we were there. I loved seeing the amazing night sky full of stars. There is a sign at valley of the goblins explaining why it is such a great location for star gazing. We had a good time spring camping here.
  • Goblin Valley is one of those places that makes you feel like you've stepped into another world. Stunning geological formations that, unlike some other national and state parks, are incredibly accessible to all ages. Rappelling into the Goblin's lair was incredible. In addition to the "goblins" the park has recently added mountain biking trails. These were an absolute blast! The trails are modest in difficulty, well marked, and the views were spectacular! If you're into mountain biking at any skill level these trails have a lot to offer. I visited during a busy spring break for Utah and the park rangers and employees did a fine job directing traffic and answering questions. I highly recommend visiting this little out of the way gem. If you're into hiking, biking, climbing, exploring lots of little nooks and crannies, and taking pictures of out of this world scenery then Goblin Valley is the place for you!
  • Go there!!! It's like being on another planet. You need water to fully explore and enjoy the goblins and to explore around the area. There is a covered shady area up top to rest and eat lunch. This is one of the best family trips I have ever taken in my life. The entire area around Goblin Valley State Park offers camping hiking and adventures.

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