Goblin Valley State Park, Utah
04.10.2013 - 05.10.2013
Goblin Valley State Park in south central Utah will pull your imagination into fantasies and fancies of other-world characters. The soft sandstone, sculpted over centuries of time, initially looks like a valley of giant mushroom shapes. Closer examination, and some imagination reveals duck shapes, bears, gnomes, spaceships, choirs, pipe organs...well, I could go on and on.
Amazingly, the state allows visitors to wander at will through three valleys of these fantastical rocks. Every turn adds a new perspective to these "goblins." One can climb upon them, around them, and up on the cliffs to look down on them.
The campground area, as well as some other locations in the park and surrounding area, easily reveal the layers of stone that has been laid down over the millennia. The goblins are reddish grey, a layer of material rich in ancient sea life is green, and layers of white are readily observed.
We drove north from the Park along the San Rafael Reef, a unique "swell" of land that bulged upward while this area was still a huge sea. This area must be a geologist's nirvana!