"Goblin Valley State Park" Hanksville Things to Do Tip by goodfish

Hanksville Things to Do: 8 reviews and 35 photos

Music from "Tales from Topographic Oceans" was humming through my head as what I was seeing looked like the cover of a Yes album. Or a sci-fi movie - which indeed at least one has been filmed here. Stretched below me was a barren, alien landscape of eerie hoodoos and melting pinnacles around a field of enormous, misshapen mushrooms and grotesque creature forms. The rising sun cast long, dark fingers onto scorched red earth; dead silence unbroken by the song of even a single bird. It is hideous, spectral, lifeless, bizarrely whimsical and altogether fascinating.

Descending into the valley we spent a morning wandering this desolate terrain like Martian explorers: around capstone mazes, into small caverns and to the tops of soft, crumbling peaks. Too early for all but a couple of shutterbugs at the overlook, we had it all to ourselves, which only added to the aura of weirdness.

In summer it'll be ridiculously hot; after heavy rain, outrageously muddy; after nightfall, positively creepy. The kids will love it. Bring the camera.

Facilities: visitor center, drinking water, restrooms, picnic pavilion, camping: see the website for more info
Fee as of 2011: $7 per vehicle, $4 for seniors
Park Hours: 6:00 AM - 10:00 PM

Address: Goblin Valley State Park
Directions: Head north of Hanksville 21 miles on Hwy 24. Turn left at sign. Go 5 miles and turn left at junction. Go 6 miles to park entrance.
Phone: 435-275-4584
Website: http://stateparks.utah.gov/parks/goblin-valley

Review Helpfulness: 4.5 out of 5 stars

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  • Updated Aug 2, 2012
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Comments (2)

  • jojes's Profile Photo
    Oct 20, 2013 at 11:45 AM

    Some strange formations there ... Looks nice!

    • jojes's Profile Photo
      Oct 20, 2013 at 12:08 PM

      I'll be certainly be looking into your tips whenever we come over. You've got such great tips on all these well-known and less-known parks. Of course the 'famous' ones are on the to do list, but we also like to see some less known places.

    • goodfish's Profile Photo
      Oct 20, 2013 at 12:20 PM

      I like those too!

  • Odinnthor's Profile Photo
    Oct 20, 2013 at 9:08 AM

    Very nice Kate. Pre-boy scout vandalism........d:o)

    • goodfish's Profile Photo
      Oct 20, 2013 at 9:42 AM

      Thanks, Buddy. :O) It was a fun place for the boots! Yeah, they'll all erode away someday but they don't need any help getting there....


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