Utah is undoubtedly famous for its national parks. (After all, we do have the third highest concentration of national parks in the United States, after California and Alaska.) But we at the Lodge at Red River Ranch love our state parks as well. If you’re in town, you might want to check a few of them out. One of our favorites is Goblin Valley.
Goblin Valley State Park is one of Utah’s best desert playgrounds. Here are a few thoughts on what to do and see at this amazing state park:
Goblin Valley is a sheltered basin that is filled with towering hoodoos – similar to those found in Bryce Canyon. However, in Goblin Valley, you have a lot more freedom. For instance, you can climb all over the rocks. We suggest a game of hide-and-seek, capture the flag, or tag among the hoodoos.
In addition to the hoodoos of Goblin Valley, 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 fairly easy, but be sure to bring plenty of water.
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 who wouldn’t want to drive through Capitol Reef) then 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.
Be aware that the Goblin Valley State Park charges a fee of seven dollars per entering vehicle. There are additional fees to camp in the campground (which accommodates a limited number of RVs.)
We at the Lodge at Red River Ranch love this state park. If you’re looking for some weekend fun, consider playing in Goblin Valley.