Since Capitol Reef was our real destination and Goblin Valley was a spur-of-the-moment decision, we couldn’t spend nearly the amount of time there it really deserved though I’m sure we’ll return and explore the two-thirds of the park we didn’t have time to explore.
I took a lot of pictures while I was there. It’s hard not to let you imagination run free and see “goblins” that are as much a reflection of your own imagination as they are results of erosion.
It’s a lot like cloud-watching, though if there were as many clouds as there were goblins you’d have rain.
We had some great views.
It would have taken considerably more planning than we did to find our way through the maze of outcroppings. We kept running into dead ends.
As it was, we got our daily allowance of exercise just exploring the structures near the visitors’ center.
Still, I’m glad we ignored our “plans” and took this side trip.