Goblin Valley is one of an endless number of red-rock stone enclaves scattered throughout Utah. It is in a geologic bulge in the Earth called the San Rafael Swell. It isn’t close to much of anything.
Some goblins have more ‘gob’ than others. Goblin Valley, for example, definitely has less ‘gob’ than the Hobgoblins of Nevada. These goblins are more like the stumpy-legged ground-hugging goomba in Super Mario Brothers that scurry around and zap a life if they get bumped into.
Ancient legend has it (maybe, or maybe not) that the goombas of Goblin Valley sometimes magically come to life around an isolated hiker. They scurry about until they zap the hapless tourist.
Nary a trace of the visitor is ever found… not even the tiniest drop of blood… though it is said Utah’s topsoil in the immediate vicinity gets just a bit redder than it was before.
Goblin Valley consists of an exposed layer of reddish Entrada sandstone surrounded by lighter colored Curtis and Summerville formations enclosing the valley. Geologically speaking, it’s from the Upper Jurassic time of the dinosaurs, about 150 million years ago.
Goblin Valley has thousands of tiny hoodoos within an enclosed set of three small valleys.
There is a nearby slot called Little Wild Horse Canyon, but time and the lure of the road kept me from making that hike. Dang!