Goblin Valley State Park lies between Arches and Capitol Reef National Parks on one of those routes in Utah where you can drive for miles without seeing another car (my kind of road!). It lies just to the west of Route 24, a 2-lane road that runs south from I-70 to the small town of Hanksville, Utah. If there’s such a thing as “rural” Utah, this is it.
You might remember that Goblin Valley was in the news a couple of years ago – 3 Boy Scout leaders decided to topple one of these 200 million year old Entrada sandstone structures because it represented a “safety hazard”. They even made a video of it and posted it on Facebook. I don’t know how all that played out but I hope they’re not still working with kids. Dumb.
It is true, though, that these formations are fairly fragile. You can easily chip away at them, even with your bare hands. I think if it rained here more often a lot of these structures would have washed away by now. Fortunately, these goblins “live” in the desert.
The only downside to this place – and I’m being a little picky here – is that just about everything is the same orange-ish color. On one side of the park there are some green colored formations (limestone perhaps?), but most everything else is the same color you see here.