Goblin Valley State Park
Mushrooms or Goblins?
In its earlier days this secluded valley was referred to as Mushroom Valley by Arthur Chaffin, who in the 1920’s, with a couple of companions, discovered Goblin Valley while searching for an alternate route between Green River and Caineville.
International Dark Sky
Utah has more International Dark Sky Parks than anywhere else in the world, Goblin Valley being one of them. Considered one of the darkest skies on earth, campers will be delighted to see the Milky Way so clearly, they may feel as though they can reach out and touch it. Ranger-led events, including moonlit hikes and telescope tours, are conducted every month to aid in the enjoyment of this unique experience. For night sky photographers, this is nirvana. Check the weather, check the moon’s position, check camping availability, then set the date! We have not yet shot night sky here but it is on our list of things to do in the near future.
The trail to the lair is 1.5 miles one way, some scrambling is required to access the entrance. The trail begins at the observation point, and follows the Carmel Canyon loop before splitting off after 1/2 mile.
The park ranger offered to take us down the 90 ft. rappel into Goblin’s Lair. Until he mentioned it to us I had no idea it even existed, and this is after more than 25 years of visiting the park. Finding the entrance to the rappel is not easy, most would most likely walk right past it. Guided rappelling in to the Lair is offered by Get In The Wild Adventures located in Hanksville.
Nearby attractions: The 8.5 mile Little Wild Horse Canyon and Bell Canyon Loop is 13 miles from Goblin Valley. This is an excellent family friendly slot canyon. Take the full loop or simply hike one canyon or the other. We generally combine Goblin Valley with a hike through these exciting slot canyons on family tours we guide.