Goblin Valley State Park RV & Campground Guide

Utah

Hoodoo? You do, at Goblin Valley State Park -- so called because the unique geological formations that characterize this landscape are also sometimes known as “goblins.” Encompassing just over four square miles of the Utah countryside, the surreal landscape of Goblin Valley draws visitors from across both the state itself and the country -- and it’s weird and wild enough that many compare the experience to landing on Mars.

Whether you come to ogle the not-so-spooky sandstone sentinels or you’re ready to take on a hiking or mountain biking adventure, there’s all manner of reasons to put Goblin Valley State Park onto your travel bucket list. Read on to learn everything you need to know to enjoy your visit to this one-of-a-kind state park in comfort and style!

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Weather
Spring 30-75 F
Summer 57-94 F
Fall 27-84 F
Winter 16-47 F
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Nearby Cities
Hanksville, Utah
Green River, Utah
Caineville, Utah
Moab, Utah
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RV Resorts & Campsites in Goblin Valley State Park

Goblin Valley State Park does offer an on-site campground, which features 14 RV-friendly sites each equipped with a picnic table, metal fire ring, and shade shelter. There’s also communal water available, as well as showers, flush toilets, and a complimentary dump station.

However, these limited spaces fill up fast -- who wouldn’t want to park their rig in front of such an awesome view? The good news is, there are a number of other campgrounds in the area, so you don’t have to worry about finding yourself stranded… although even being stranded isn’t so bad when you’re in your RV rental

Duke's Slickrock Campground & RV Park

Open year-round and offering up full hookup sites and big rig access, Duke’s Slickrock Campground and RV Park is considered a premium place to stay amongst the southeastern Utah options. Plus, you can enjoy a hearty meal right at the on-site restaurant -- talk about convenience!

  • Water hookup: yes
  • Electrical hookup: yes
  • Sewer hookup: yes
  • Wifi: yes
  • Pet-friendly: yes
  • Other amenities: on-site restaurant, bath house, laundry facilities

Sleepy Hollow Campground

Located just down the road apiece in nearby Caineville, Utah, Sleepy Hollow Campground is a no-frills option coupling affordable partial hookup sites with a view that just won’t quit. Some sites with electric service are available and there is drinking water on-site, but you may also find yourself dry camping.

  • Water hookup: n/a
  • Electrical hookup: yes
  • Sewer hookup: n/a
  • Wifi: n/a
  • Pet-friendly: yes
  • Other amenities: drinking water, dumping facilities, hot showers, flush toilets

Shady Acres RV Park

Tucked away in nearby Green River, Shady Acres RV Park offers year-round service with generous, pull-through sites, many of which are paved with concrete. If you drive a big rig, you’re in luck: the campground has slots available for rigs totalling up to 100 feet or even bigger, and also offers complimentary high-speed internet.

  • Water hookup: yes
  • Electrical hookup: yes
  • Sewer hookup: yes
  • Wifi: yes
  • Pet-friendly: yes
  • Other amenities: proximity to convenience stores and a laundry facility, on-site dog park, bath house with flush toilets and hot showers

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Restaurants

What to Do at
Goblin Valley State Park

Inside Goblin Valley State Park

Although it’s worth the trip just to gape at the weirdness of the so-called sandstone goblins, there are plenty of other diversions to keep you occupied during your visit! Here are just a few.

Hiking - If you’re looking to familiarize yourself with the area on foot, you can take advantage of the network of marked hiking trails, which includes a number of short, easier routes suitable for beginners. Moderate and strenuous trails are also available if you’re looking to get in a workout!

Mountain biking - Seeing the world from your own two feet is one thing, but what about your own two wheels? If that sounds more your speed, you’ll be pleased to learn that Goblin Valley is home to the Wild Horse Mountain Biking Trail System, a five-loop mountain biking network that exposes riders to parts of the park inaccessible by other means.

Disc golf - What could make this surreal landscape even weirder? How about a round of competitive frisbee? Goblin Valley State Park offers a challenging and scenic nine-hole disc golf course for your hand-eye-coordinating pleasure.

Dark skying - Whether you’re a junior astronomer or you just want to kick back and take a peek at the milky way, Goblin Valley State Park offers some of the darkest night skies in the nation. The purple night sky with the red rocks as a backdrop is a sight to behold!

Outside Goblin Valley State Park

To be sure, it wouldn’t be hard to spend a whole weekend -- or even longer! -- inside Goblin Valley State Park without growing bored. But this is southeastern Utah we’re talking about, and there’s tons of great stuff to see and experience while you’re in the area.

Restaurants

Every adventurer has to stop for a snack break at some point. Here are some delicious options to consider when your tummy gets to grumbling.

The Broken Oar

It may be a bit of a drive -- but if you’re popping by Moab anyway, we recommend grabbing lunch at this beloved local joint, which serves up American standards in a rustic-chic setting.

Location: Moab, Utah

Tamarisk Restaurant

Offering up homemade southwestern favorites like Navajo fry bread and hearty breakfasts that will knock your socks off, no visit to Green River is complete without a meal (or two) at Tamarisk.

Type: Navajo

Location: Green River, Utah

Stan’s Burger Shak

They may not know how to spell “shack”... but they definitely know how to build a delicious burger! And if you’re not big on red meat, don’t worry: there are also chicken sandwiches, fish sandwiches, and veggie patties available, not to mention a slew of delicious milkshakes!

Type: American

Location: Hanksville, Utah

Sightseeing

Area National Parks

As you may know, Utah is home to not one or two but five national parks, and three of them are within an easy drive of Goblin Valley State Park. head east toward Moab to visit Arches and Canyonlands, or check out Capitol Reef just an hour west of the state park entrance. (We totally understand if you decide you need to extend your stay!)

Moab, Utah

Okay, okay, recommending an entire city is kind of cheating, we know. But it’s rare that you find such a bustling little metropolis so close to major outdoor adventure destinations. Whether it’s shopping, gallery-browsing, or good eats (more on that below), Moab’s got you covered.

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How to Get to
Goblin Valley State Park

Goblin Valley State Park is located in a remote stretch of southeastern Utah, which means it’s a good idea to get your directions before you set out as opposed to relying on your cell phone data. The park is accessible from Moab via I-70 and UT-24 -- but we recommend finding complete directions online and printing them out beforehand. The park’s address follows:

Goblin Valley State Park

Goblin Valley Road

Entering Goblin Valley State Park

Goblin Valley State Park is open from 6 a.m. until 10 p.m. local time, and the day-use fee is $15. (Utah seniors 62 and older get a reduced entrance price at $10.) The nightly campground fee is $30, and please be advised that drone use is not allowed except with a permit, which may be obtained at the visitor center for $5.

Day-Use : $15

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