Utah Vacation: Goblin Valley State Park

Back in October Christian and I ran away for two weeks of adventure in the gorgeous state of Utah. I'd like to share some highlights from that trip because it really is a beautiful place.

Driving from Arches National Park to Bryce Canyon was going to take the better part of a day so we decided to break up the drive by staying a night at Goblin Valley State Park. (The park also has free showers which was another reason why we wanted to stop there.) We rolled into the park in the dark so we didn't get to see the landscape until the morning. 

Alpenglow in the campground.
Our campsite was tucked back in the hills.
The shelter was for protection from the intense sun.

After we packed up camp, we set off for a short loop hike on the Carmel Canyon Trail. 

The area was very barren and eroded and somehow we lost the trail. We followed a few "deer trails" but never ended up back on the correct trail. Luckily, it was very easy to see where we were going so we just off-roaded until we got back to the parking lot. Next we went down into the valley to get up close and personal with the goblins.

Just a few days before we arrived at Goblin Valley, a Boy Scouts leader pushed over one of the goblins. He was caught because his buddy posted the video on Facebook which eventually ended up on YouTube. Who would do something like that?!! And Boys Scouts no less. Those that preach outdoor conservation. The guys have been kicked out of the Scouts but so far the criminal investigation is not complete.  

From the Digital Universe:

A key element in determining the extent of charges involves assessing the value of the damage, something that will be difficult according to BYU associate professor of geological sciences Jani Radebaugh.

“Somewhere like this is unique,” she said. “When we set aside these areas we do that because we want to preserve them for the future. … We have decided to let natural processes dominate in that area. So (after the incident) we can’t think of this particular area as being in the same class anymore. It has changed the landscape of that particular feature dramatically.”
It makes me sad that some people don't respect our natural resources so future generations can enjoy them.

Up next on our trip: a quick stop at Capital Reef National Park then onto 2 slot canyons.


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