Posted by Jeff on Feb 13, 2021 at 11:27 am in Canyon Hikes, Hiking, Hiking Blog, Photo Essays, Utah | 0 comments | Last change: February 13, 2021
B.Goblins, considered evil, greedy, or malicious, are mythical creatures that cause trouble to people and appear in the folklore of several European cultures, first attested in stories from the Middle Ages. Goblin Valley State Park, located on Highway 24 at the San Rafael Swell, Utah, encompasses an area where soft sandstone has been eroded into interesting shapes somewhat similar to these mythological goblins. In some places the rock formations are close together and form a labyrinth-like playground that is ideal for exploring.
Paula and I visited the Goblin Valley on December 26, 2020 on the first day of a five day swing through canyon land in southern Utah. Most of the time we spent hiking in the Valley of the Goblins, which stretches over almost three square kilometers of free roaming area and can be explored without rigid route finding. We really enjoyed the visit and had a lot of fun. There were a lot of “questions, where is this going” and “what’s over there?” Comments throughout.
We also visited the nearby Little Wild Horse Canyon in the late afternoon but didn’t go very far into the slots as darkness was approaching quickly. Paula was disappointed because she really wanted to experience a real slot canyon. We will find one for her as our future adventures continue.
As we were leaving the area, we made our way to Scenic Highway 24 to Torrey, UT for our next day in Capitol Reef National Park. On the way we were presented with a remarkable sunset with several stops for pictures. I’ve always been a huge fan of Red Rock Country, Utah, so this trip brought back fond memories of previous trips. It was so nice to share her with Paula now.
This gallery contains images from Goblin Valley State Park, Little Wild Horse Canyon, and a sunset along Highway 24. Enjoy the photos and please comment.
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