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Goblin Valley

Goblin Valley

Posted in: Historical places, Outdoor adventures, Travel on September 28, 2012.

Goblin Valley State Park is one of Utah’s best desert playgrounds. It is a perfect place to explore all year long. Goblin Valley offers scenery and recreation for the whole family. The Lodge at Red River Ranch wants to invite you to check out this amazing state park.

What to Do – Goblin Valley is a sheltered basin that is filled with towering hoodoos. (Hoodoos are basically sandstone rocks that have been shaped by wind and water to create monolithic shapes.) We suggest playing hide-and-seek, capture the flag, or tag among the hoodoos. Feel free to climb the rocks; there are no off-limit sections in the park. After you’ve worn yourself out, have a picnic lunch. Campsites are available if you want to spend the night.

In addition to Goblin Valley proper, the park also includes Little Crazy Horse Canyon. This canyon was once a favorite hideout for the notorious outlaw Butch Cassidy. Today you can hike into the narrows of Little Crazy Horse. The route is family friendly, so bring the kids.

How to Get There – Goblin Valley is located about an hour northeast of Capitol Reef National Park, on Highway 24. If you are coming from the south, it is best to go through Capitol Reef and turn north in Hanksville. If you are coming from the Salt Lake area, take I-15 south, then connect to I-70 west. Highway 24 will take you south to the park.

Other Tips and Advice – The Park charges a nominal fee of seven dollars per entering vehicle (as of September 2012.) There are additional fees to use the campground. Goblin Valley can get extremely hot during the summer, so take precautions against sunburn and heat stroke.

We at the Lodge at Red River Ranch love this unique state park. If you’re looking for some weekend fun, consider playing in Goblin Valley.

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