Utah is a colorful place, so many National Parks and natural wonders: Arches, Bryce Canyon, Canyonlands, Capitol Reef, Zion, Rainbow and Natural Bridges, just to name a few. But we found this one relatively unknown place charming and creepy: Goblin Valley. We first discovered Goblin Valley in the winter of 2001 when we did a quick tour of Utah national parks with our friends, Udin and Nancy. We were driving from Capitol Reef to Arches and decided to take a detour to check it out. We got there late in the afternoon and it was getting dark; true to its name, we felt spooky by the goblin shaped rocks, especially with the light fading and darkness creeping in. But we felt that it was a special place so we decided to come back another time in better light.
We went again but this time was at noon. This time the place had a different feel: charming. All the stone gnomes begged you to join them in a hide and seek game. Kadia rushed out to join them (see left). Goblin Valley was discovered in the late 1920s and was originally named Mushroom Valley. It became a state park in 1964. The goblins are made of Entrada sandstone and were shaped from millions of years of erosion. We had a grand time of playing hide and seek among the goblins for a couple of hours. There are a few hiking trails around the goblins playground as well but the urge of exploring among the goblins were just too great to stick to the hiking trail on this day. But we will be back again to explore different areas of the park.
Three goblins greet you as you enter Goblin Valley