Goblin Valley State Park is a showcase of geologic history. Exposed cliffs reveal parallel layers of rock bared by erosion. Because of the uneven hardness of sandstone, some patches resist erosion much better than others. The softer material is removed by wind and water, leaving thousands of unique, geologic goblins. Water erosion and the smoothing action of windblown dust work together to shape the goblins.
Bedrock is exposed because of the thin soil and lack of vegetation. When rain does fall, there are few plant roots and little soil to capture and hold the water, which quickly disappears, in muddy streams without penetrating the bedrock.
Acres - 3654
Elevation - 5,100 feet
The Early Days of the valley: Goblin Valley is one of Utah’s great secrets. The valley itself is only about 2 square miles and full of mushroom shaped geological features “Goblins” . The valley is believed to have first been discover in the late 1800’s. In the late 1920’s the valley was rediscovered by Arthur Chaffin and two others. Arthur gave the valley the name of “Mushroom Valley” .
In 1949 Arthur spent several days exploring and photographing the Valley. In 1954 it was proposed the Valley be protected from vandalism and the state acquired the property. It was officially designated as a state park August 24, 1964.
The state park is open 24/7 365days a year. The entrance fee is $6, and you can camp in the parks campground for $15.
More info about the park can be found on the State Park Website:http://stateparks.utah.gov/parks/goblin-valley/
A few Movies have even been filmed in the Valley. Just for fun see if you can find where these images were taken
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