Photographer's Note

To me this rock looks like a lady walking gracefully in a beautiful evening gown, likes she walking into a party and she met the little guy from ET. Okay maybe I’m seeing things, but I’m allowing my imagination to take over. What do you see? Is it something out of Star War creatures?

I was here 10 years ago, just a stop for the night and was surprise by the beauty of it and always wanted to go back again, and finally I had the chance to visit again. There is now a paved road to the park versus a dirt road 10 years ago. And unfortunately there are more people who run around without respect for the beauty of this wonderful landscape.

for those who like colors, I will put in workshop so you can take a look and compare.

Goblin Valley is a State Park in Emery County in central Utah, in the western United States. Its eminent feature is its thousands of hoodoos and hoodoo rocks, which are formations of mushroom-shaped rock pinnacles, some as high as several meters. The distinct shape of these rocks comes from an erosion-resistant layer of rock atop softer sandstone.

The secluded Goblin Valley was first discovered by cowboys searching for cattle. Then in the late 1920s, Arthur Chaffin, owner/operator of the Hite Ferry, and two companions were searching for an alternate route between Green River and Caineville. They came to a vantage point about one mile (1.6 km) west of Goblin Valley and were awed by what they saw – five buttes and a valley of strange-shaped rock formations surrounded by a wall of eroded cliffs. In 1949 Chaffin returned to the area he called 'Mushroom Valley'. He spent several days exploring the mysterious valley and photographing its scores of intricately eroded rocks.

Publicity attracted visitors to the valley despite its remoteness. In 1954 it was proposed that Goblin Valley be protected from vandalism. The state of Utah later acquired the property and established Goblin Valley State Reserve. It was officially designated a state park on August 24, 1964.

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