No trip to Utah's Castle Country would be complete without a visit to Goblin Valley State Park. 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. It is well worth the time to hike through the area for a few hours, to enjoy the desert beauty and fascinating comical goblin forms that you find here. Along the way, there are fine views of the San Rafael Reef and the Henry Mountains.
Goblin Valley State Park is located in Emery County between the towns of Green River and Hanksville. From Green River, travel west on I-70 for 12 miles to exit 147 (Hanksville) and head south. After about 30 miles turn right at the Temple Mountain/Goblin Valley Junction. The entire road leading into the park is surfaced and improved. Travel west on that road for about 5 miles and then turn left (south) and continue to the park entrance. Goblins of infinite design will greet you.
Facilities at the 3.654 acre park include a 25 unit campground with sites that can accommodate large motor homes, interior paved roads, observation overlook, a new culinary water system, modern rest rooms, hot water showers, and a sanitary dump station. Each spacious campsite has a picnic table, paved parking pad and barbecue grill.
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This is a clean park in one of the most scenic areas you will ever visit! There are trails to hike, the amazing Goblin Valley to visit, and nearly endless backcountry to explore in the immediate vicinity. This is a busy park so reservations are recommended.
Note: if you are interested in primitive campsites, there are many backcountry sites at the junction of Goblin Valley Road and Temple Mt Road, and many more all along Temple Mountain Road.