"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.
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