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
February 15, 2017

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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!

Please respect the places you find on The Outbound.

Always practice Leave No Trace ethics on your adventures. Be aware of local regulations and don't damage these amazing places for the sake of a photograph.