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 a beautiful area. We camped about 20 minutes from the actual valley. Plenty of space for big groups. Easy to get trailers there. Good for tent camping as long as you have a tarp to lay down first since it’s a bit rocky. Dogs are allowed. It’s a beautiful area.
Pretty dang fun place. Kids, dogs, goblins, what more could you want?
Nice new campgrounds with shade cover, nice campsites, very cool setting.
Such a unique and beautiful place. I highly recommend visiting the Goblin's Lair, I was not expecting it at all and it was spectacular. There's a fun little cave you can crawl through inside the Goblin's Lair by its entrance too that's worth checking out. Everyone should at least visit Goblin Valley once in their life. Although not as big as Capitol Reef National Park, it is very similar and equally spectacular.
The campground is reasonably priced with nice showers and super cool scenery. They have a very interesting disc golf course set up near the campground.
What a beautiful place! There is hiking. The area is central to drive to other parks. The view of the stars doesn’t get any better than this.
We had the furthest in camp site in the amphitheater which was pretty cool. All sites had a semi shaded steel shelter that had a steel screen on 1 to 2 sides. It did get really windy at night and not sure if normal or not. Cool park and a great place to let your mind go wild hiking around the crazy eroded land scape. And they have showers. Saw a lot of prong horn coming in and out of park.
We have camped at Goblin Valley State Park twice now and the fact that we went back a second time should be enough of a compliment to the park. We stayed in site 11 the first time and site 3 the second time. Both are amazing tent sites! I would also highly recommend site 12 or site 4 because those sites are tucked back off the road a bit and are right up close to the formations behind the sites. You really can’t go wrog with any of them though. The tent pads are perfect and both sites fit our 11x11 dome tent. We did not need the rainfly so we could see the stars out the top. This is a dark sky park so be sure to book you nights during a new moon so you can see the milky way galaxy.
I do think this park is a little high for a state park site at $30 a night for a tent site, but you do get free showers, clean facilities, and a very peaceful park so it is worth a little extra. I would go back again.
Bonus for this campground is the great little area of goblins. My kids loved wandering around among them. It’s a kooky looking area.
On the downside, it is a long way from anywhere so fill up and bring ample food and water along. If you want to get away from civilization, this is your place!
fun place to visit and explore around and imagine you’re in Galaxy Quest! don’t expect a campsite after Friday evening so get there early!
Most of the time we stay in blm land to the south of the swell but we got in late one night and decided to stop at the campground. The toilets were clean and there was a permanent fire ring at each site.
Exploring Goblin Valley is a given if you camp here but there are many opportunities nearby in the San Rafael Swell as well! Little Wild Horse canyon is a popular non-technical slot canyon. There are also numerous other technical canyoneering adventures that await. Many beautiful pieces of agate can also be collected south of the swell on blm land
Goblin valley is like no other place! The “official campground” is not preferred. Head out to BLM land and set up camp!