We also saw quite a few campers and trailers, boondocking, on the property outside the State Park. The unique rock formations are the reason people come here. We had beautiful blue skies but the icy wind was a little annoying.
There is a nice observation deck at the trail parking area. It was a great alternative to being sandblasted. Look at all these little goblins! Can you imagine discovering this for the first time. A cowboy, looking for his lost cattle, discovered this area. I think he’s the one who called it Mushroom Valley – someone, later, renamed it to Goblin Valley (probably someone in Tourism 🙂 )
We don’t know this guy but it’s a good reference to see the size of the rock formations. We walked through here the last time we were here with our son and granddaughter. It’s amazing how quickly you can get lost. I was worried about loosing the kids! I think we left with them all?
We took off the camper and went exploring down one of the dirt roads. The Goblin Valley area is the tidal zone of an ancient, migrating, sea. We noticed the similarities in the cliffs along the Oregon Coast. You can also see the similarites to the large cliffs that the natives used to build homes in. That’s Don, way in the background 🙂
We walked around this area and admired the unusual mineral deposits and small rocks that have washed out of the layer of sand. I think the crystal is gypsum. It’s amazing that anything can grow here!
It was in the upper 40’s here today but felt colder because of the wind. I’m sure it got down into the 30’s over night. Winter is NOT over in Utah yet! But, Spring is kind of ‘bi-polar’ anyway.