Magazine article Sunset

Hoodoo Hiking in Southeast Utah

Magazine article Sunset

Hoodoo Hiking in Southeast Utah

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* Sunny warm November days are ideal for exploring and discovering new trails in Utah's Goblin Valley State Park. Amble past the sculpted sandstone towers (called hoodoos) here and you'll feel as if you are at a party for petrified trolls. Set near Green River in southeast Utah, 3,654-acre Goblin Valley is an easy detour for anyone bound for nearby Capitol Reef National Park. On its own, Goblin Valley is a bewitching place for wandering--the goblins, carved by wind and water, stand from 10 to 200 feet tall.

You can roam at will among the formations filling the valley, or pick up a park map and check out any of three marked trails. The new Entrada Canyon Trail is an easy 1-mile hike starting in the campground. It meanders through a miniature canyon, then climbs to the main overlook and valley entrance.

The moderate Curtis Bench Trail (off the main road between the campground and road's end) starts out uninspiring (a steep service road), but soon the gently undulating 3/4-mile path offers sweeping views of the Henry and La Sal mountains and more goblin-filled valleys. …

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