The campground at Goblin Valley State Park consists of 25 sites and two yurts. Goblin Valley camping is divided into ten walk-in tent pads, fourteen RV spaces, and one group site able to accommodate up to 35 people. Showers and flush toilets, as well as a communal water and dump station are all available free of charge. All sites contain a picnic table, metal fire ring, and shade shelter.
Cowboys searching for cattle first discovered secluded Goblin Valley. Then in the late 1920s, Arthur Chaffin, owner/operator of the Hite ferry, and two companions were searching for an alternative route between Green River and Caineville. They came to a vantage point about a mile west of Goblin Valley and were awed by what they saw, five buttes and a valley of strange-shaped rock formations surrounded by a wall of eroded cliffs.
In 1949, Chaffin returned to the area he called Mushroom Valley. He spent several days exploring the mysterious valley and photographing its scores of intricately eroded creatures. The area was acquired by the state of Utah and in 1964 was officially designated a state park.
Goblin Valley State Park is a showcase of geologic history. Exposed cliffs reveal parallel layers of rock bared by erosion. Because of the uneven hardness of sandstone, some patches resist erosion much better than others. The softer material is removed by wind and water, leaving thousands of unique, geologic goblins. Water erosion and the smoothing action of windblown dust work together to shape the goblins.
Bedrock is exposed because of the thin soil and lack of vegetation. When rain does fall, there are few plant roots and little soil to capture and hold the water, which quickly disappears, in muddy streams without penetrating the bedrock.
Goblin Valley is an incredible place. Surreal. Quiet. Makes you feel like you are not on earth anymore. Lots of room to wonder and explore. 20$ day use fee seems a little high, but totally worth it. We have tried the campground, but it has always been full.
This was a quick weekend trip and this place blew me away! The campsite (site 3) was nestled right by some rocks which blocked the morning sun (major plus). Some campsite parking spots, like ours, were like 20 yards away from the car, but some were right next to the site. Bathrooms are clean and there are clean showers too. Each site has a nice fire pit with grill and a metal canopy and large picnic table. Can hike around right off the campsite or go to the valley or drive to wild horse canyon. Firewood available at visitor center. Water was on boil advisory Aug 2020 so call and check bc its 30-45 min to the nearest city. No ice available.
I went here with my family a few years ago and we all had such a good time! It was so fun to explore Goblin Valley and get a little dirty! A good plan for all ages and truly beautiful!
Each tent site has a pad and a shelter that has a shade panel. There is no parking next to the site, but it is small walk to the site. The tent sites are spaced far apart and some are tucked behind the Goblins.
There is a good restroom facility with running water and showers that do not need a token or coins. There are 4 showers. Overall, this is a great place to stay.
Amazing way to be close to nearby hikes.
Just before you reach Goblin Valley Park, turn right on to 1013. There are many campsites along this road, it’s a must, if wanting to camp in the area.
Beautiful area, but no cell service or facilities.
We have been here several times. My kids love hiking around in the valley of the goblins, star gazing, playing night games, and hiking the slot canyons (little Wildhorse). We have stayed in the park each time, but I have seen lots of others in dispersed camping areas. Early spring and late summer/early fall are the best times to go because of the heat.
This was one of the more surreal Blm land camping sites I had ever come across, camp underneath towering buttes for miles and miles, totally dispersed from other campers in breathtaking views.
This is a great get away in some amazing red rocks. If you like desert camping this is the place.
We did some fun hikes and close to some really amazing slot canyons. Goblin valley is amazing. They have nice bathrooms and tables and big campsites for either tents or RV.
We came in winter this time and got a tent camp easily, only one other group was camping. If you dont want to tent camp in the winter they also have yurts for rent. We had a different approach to Goblin Valley this time around and decided to do the Lair of the Basilisk (Goblins Lair) canyoneering route. We got to hike in and around snow covered hoodoos that culminates in a 100' drop into the lair! It is truly a magical place and worth a visit! You can also get ti the lair by a now popular marked trail around the east side of the park. 60 m rope recommended plus helmets.