Outbound Collective logo

Goblin Valley Shadows: Why This Small State Park in Utah Is Worth the Detour

A unique spot to watch the day end.

By: Natasha Smith + Save to a List

Driving through the relatively deserted planes between Arches National Park and Capitol Reef National Park, one might miss this unique little spot. It's out of the way but it's worth the detour to check out! Goblin Valley State Park in Utah seems small at first but the valley comes alive with imaginative figures as the sunlight fades and the evening shadows lengthen. These "goblins" form from flash floods but when dry, the place takes on an other-worldly atmosphere.

The sunset's shadows add a dynamic that lets the imagination run wild. I've never been to a place like it and I certainly wish I had more time to explore it. 

Quickly I went to work with my Canon 70D fitted with my 24-105mm L  & the 10-22mm lens. Sunset here is a photographer's dream. It was a superb evening and my fellow photographers and I snagged some fantastic shots before the light faded away.

Get some friends, go exploring. It's one of the best things in life. Get outside, enjoy the unique beauty of the American Southwest. This land is so full of surprises and Utah is one incredible section of land to explore!

We want to acknowledge and thank the past, present, and future generations of all Native Nations and Indigenous Peoples whose ancestral lands we travel, explore, and play on. Always practice Leave No Trace ethics on your adventures and follow local regulations. Please explore responsibly!

Do you love the outdoors?

Yep, us too. That's why we send you the best local adventures, stories, and expert advice, right to your inbox.


Discover Scenic Byway 12 in Utah

Tara Schatz

2019 Pursuit Series Kicked Off In Utah

Pursuit Series

8 Bucket List Canyoneering Adventures in Southern Utah

Liam McNally