Posts From The Road: Goblin Valley State Park

Goblin Valley: Thousands of hoo-doos of various sizes and shapes fill this small valley. Visitors may walk in and around the goblins and explore and check out the colorful rock creatures. Photo by Gary Warren/

Dolphins?: A formation appears to be a few dolphins or similar sea creature swimming along together. Photo by Gary Warren/

Formerly of Los Alamos

Goblin Valley State Park is a small park a few miles north of Hanksville, Utah.

While small in size, the park is big on interesting landscape formations and views.

The primary focus of the park is the area of hoo-doos, which are packed next to each other in the valley. The hoo-doos look like goblins and the more you walk among them, the more personality they have as they appear to come alive. Many of the goblins look like cartoon characters and other objects and your imagination can run wild as you view the comical rock formations.

The park lies within the boundaries of the San Rafael Desert and the hoo-doos were formed by eroding red sandstone over millions of years. The park is open year round and is a great place for families to explore together.

Editor’s note: Longtime Los Alamos photographer Gary Warren and his wife Marilyn are traveling around the country and he shares his photographs, which appear in the “Posts from the Road” series published in the Sunday edition of the Los Alamos Daily Post.

Kisses: A couple of hoo-doos look like Hershey Kisses or some other delightful desert. Photo by Gary Warren/

Large Scoop: This hoo-doo formation looks like a giant ice cream cone with a large scoop of ice cream on top. Photo by Gary Warren/

Barking Orders: I don’t know who this guy is but he appears to be barking orders to someone to the left of the field of view. Photo by Gary Warren/

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