Goblin Valley State Park, Utah, USA

Goblin Valley State Park, Utah, USA

If there is another Mars movie coming in the future, producers should take a look at Goblin Valley State Park, in Utah, USA. This state park is characterized by the presence of thousands of hoodoos and hoodoo rocks, locally known as "goblins".

The Goblin Valley State Park is one of the places with the highest numbers of these rocky formations. The park is located in the San Rafael Desert north of the Henry Mountains and southeast of the San Rafael Swell. 

A Little History

This part of Utah is actually quite secluded and it was initially discovered by cowboys rounding up cattle. In the late 1920s, Arthur Chaffin and two companions were looking for an alternate route between Caineville and Green River.  They reached a point 1 mile west of Goblin Valley and were amazed by what they saw.   They found this valley of strange rock formations and five buttes, all surrounded by a wall of eroded cliffs.

Chaffin, operator and owner of the Hite Ferry, returned to what he called Mushroom Valley in 1949.  This time he spent several days exploring the valley and taking pictures. The park was officially designated a state park in 1964.

The Rock Formations

One of the things that visitors are awed by is the unusual stone shapes. These shapes are the result of weathering of the Entrada sandstone. A close look at the stone suggests evidence of being near the edge of an ancient sea. 

The goblin formations happened when the natural joints within the Entrada sandstone intersected to form sharp edges and corners with a large surface area but with a smaller volume than the faces. So, the edges weathered more quickly producing the spherical-shaped goblins. 

Activities

The park is promoted as a tourist area with plenty of activities to do. These activities include camping, boating, hiking, fishing, riding on vehicles, and a lot of fun. Visitors can also enjoy the museums and other heritage areas to learn the history of the Goblin Valley State Park in Utah. 

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