Utah State Park
San Rafael Swell
Desert Hiking & Camping
Valley State Park is an amazing place for children of all ages. The park contains
thousands of twisted and mushroom shaped pinnacles. You will experience an
overwhelming desire to wander through the labyrinth of goblins and admire the beauty.
rocks and coves offer unrestricted hiking. A vivid imagination will make your visit
even more fun. Add year-round solitude in a remote desert setting and you have a
great family destination.
Goblin Valley State Park
facilities include a 21-unit campground, modern rest rooms, hot showers for campers,
sanitary disposal station and visitor observation shelter. Goblin Valley is open
year round and camping reservations are accepted. Park Hours are 6 a.m. to
10 p.m. year-round. The stay limit is 14 days and
maximum RV length is 30 feet. As of October 2015, the Camping Fee was $23 per day
and the Day-Use-Fee was $10 per day. Camping reservations can be made by calling Utah
State Parks and Recreation at 1-800-322-3770.
Valley is often combined with hiking Little Wild Horse Canyon, which
is the most popular hike in the San Rafael Swell.
Valley State Park is located in Emery County between the towns of Green River and
Hanksville. The road to Goblin Valley State Park is paved the entire distance and is
accessible year round to all vehicles.
From Green River:
west for 11 miles to Exit #149 and Highway 24. Follow Highway 24 south for 24 miles
to mile maker 136 and the signed turn-off to Goblin Valley State Park
located on the west side of the road.
From Hanksville: Follow Highway 24 north for 20 miles to mile maker 136
and the signed turn-off to Goblin Valley State Park located on the west side
of the road.
From the signed turn-off on highway 24, follow the signs and paved road to
Goblin Valley State Park, which is 13 miles from Highway 24.
searching for cattle first discovered Goblin Valley. Then in the late 1920's, Arthur
Chaffin, owner/operator of the Hite Ferry, and two companions were searching for an
alternative route between Green River and Cainsville. They came to a vantage point
about a mile west of Goblin Valley and were awed by the view of five buttes and a valley
of strange-shaped rock formations surrounded by a wall of eroded cliffs.
In 1949, Chaffin returned to the
area he called Mushroom Valley. He spent several days exploring the mysterious
valley and photographing its scores of intricately eroded creatures.
Publicity attracted visitors to the
valley despite its remoteness. In 1954, it was proposed that Goblin Valley be
protected from vandalism. The state of Utah later acquired the property and
established Goblin Valley State Reserve. It was officially designated a state park
on August 24, 1964.
Goblin Valley contains a fun technical canyoneering route known as
Goblin's Lair that takes you to the Chamber of
the Basilisk located in the heart of Goblin Valley. Enjoy a short video of a trip through the Goblin's Lair.