Goblin Valley State Park, Utah

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Goblin Valley State Park, Utah

     

Goblin Valley State Park is located in Emery County between the towns of Green River and Hanksville, UT. Wind and water have carved fantastic and unique goblin-like sculptures out of rock, creating an outdoor playground that inspires the imagination. Numerous rocks and coves offer unlimited walking, exploring, or hiking opportunities. (http://www.utah.com)

     

Valley of the Goblins

     

Goblin Valley State Park

     

The road to Goblin Valley

The road inside Goblin Valley

     

Goblin Valley was first discovered by cowboys searching for cattle.

In 1954, it was proposed that Goblin Valley be protected from vandalism. The state of Utah later acquired the property and established Goblin Valley State Reserve. It was officially designated a state park on August 24, 1964.

     

Little Wild Horse Canyon, Utah

     

Located 7 miles from the Goblin Valley State Park, Little Wild Horse Canyon combines with Bell Canyon for a 8 mile loop. The hiking trail passes high colorful cliffs and rocks. As seen in the photographs below the passages become shoulder width at points.

     

     

     

From Temple Junction, take the Goblin Valley Road southwest along the face of the reef to the junction just short of the entrance to Goblin Valley State Park. Take the good dirt road to the right for 5.0 miles to the dirt parking lot at Bell and Little Wild Horse Canyons.

   

The Little Wild Horse Canyon/ Bell Canyon loop hike is the most popular hike in the San Rafael Swell for good reason. The canyons are two of the best slot canyons in Utah. This Little Wild Horse Canyon/ Bell Canyon loop hike is suitable for just about everyone. If you enjoy a long walk in the park than you can probably complete this hike with little problem. The canyons can be hiked individually for a short distance or connected together to provide an easy half day loop hike. (Source: http://climb-utah.com/SRS/lwh.htm)

One hour is enough to see the best sections of Little Wild Horse Canyon, although the usual plan is to combine a tour with neighboring Bell Canyon.

   

Goblin Valley State Park Information:

 

Location- Interstate 70, exit 147. Turn right off Hwy 24 after about 11 miles. Park is located about 40 miles south of I-70.

 

Fees- $5.00 per day per vehicle

Season/ Hours- Open year round, 24 hours a day

Visitor Center- none

Elevation- 5200 feet

Lodging- No lodging is available in the park. Green River, UT has many choices (49 miles north on I-70.)

     

Map of Goblin Valley Area

(Source: http://www.stateparks.utah.gov/parks/mapping/goblin/gobl_area.htm)

 

 

 

Photography Tips:

Several of the above images were "stitched" together from multiple images. For more information and technique please read this basic tutorial.

Similar Sites: (links will open in new window)

UtahRedRocks.com- Little Wild Horse Canyon

AmericanSouthWest.net- Slot Canyons of the San Rafael Swell

Climb-Utah.com- Slot Canyon Hiking

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