Goblin Valley State Park


Goblin Valley includes an area where soft sandstone has eroded into interesting shapes, somewhat resembling goblins. In some spots the rock formations are close together and produce a maze-like playground ideal for family explorations.

Many people think the park landscape has a surreal appearance. A Hollywood movie, "Galaxy Quest," was filmed at Goblin Valley State Park because of its unearthly scenery.

Entrance Fees

Day use passes are $20 for private vehicles and $10 for motorcycles. A pass is valid until 10 p.m. the day following your purchase.

Location

Near the town of Hanksville, approximately 216 miles southeast of Salt Lake City.

From I-70, exit onto State Highway 24 and drive south for approximately 24 miles to the signed park turnoff, which is also the turnoff for Temple Mountain. Follow the paved road for about 12 miles to park.

Open Hours

Open year-round, from 6 a.m. to 10 p.m. No holiday closures.

The Visitor Center is open daily from 6 a.m. to 10 p.m. However, during winter months (November-February), the Visitor Center may be closed for short periods while the staff is away at lunch or on park business, and occasionally may be closed all day if no staff is available.

Summer days can be quite hot. During summer it is pleasant to explore here during the early morning and late evening hours. Spring and fall are ideal times to visit this park. Winter days are often mild and hiking can be enjoyable, but winter nights can be very cold (often near 0 degrees Fahrenheit).

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Main Attractions

This is one of Utah's most popular parks. It offers incredible scenery and a great opportunity for hiking and camping.

The goblin-like hoodoos here are unique and fun for all ages.

Activities

  • Sightseeing from the park overlook
  • Hiking among the goblins
  • Photography (drones require a $10 permit)
  • Picnicking
  • Camping
  • ATV trails nearby
  • Mountain bike trails nearby
  • Slot canyons nearby

Camping

  • Main campground: $35 ($20 extra vehicle fee)
  • Yurts: $150 + tax (up to two dogs are allowed for an additional fee of $20 each)
  • Back-in sites: can accommodate RVs up to 59 feet; no hookups; sewage disposal station is available
  • Groups: $200 + tax for up to 40 people

Camping Reservations

Reserve America
800-322-3770

Facilities

Visitor Center Campground with heated restrooms/showers
Group camping spot
Picnicking
Hiking trails

Contact Information

P.O. Box 637
Green River, UT 84525-0637
(435) 275-4584

TRAVEL BUREAU INFORMATION

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75 E. Main St.
Castle Dale, UT 84513
888-564-3600

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Goblin Valley State Park Weather

Average Temperature

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49.6°F
Low19.5°F

Average Precipitation

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0.24"

Average Snowfall

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0.7"

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