Archive - Goblin Valley State Park, Utah

August 09, 2020

Each Sunday we present a notable item from our archives. This EPOD was originally published August 9, 2003.

Provided and copyright by: Len Sharp, Liverpool HS-Annex
Summary author: Len Sharp

Goblin Valley State Park, Utah is a little-visited park due primarily to its relative remoteness. However, Goblin Valley is a fantastic whimsical wonderland of features hewn out of the Entrada Sandstone formation by the agents of weathering and erosion. The Entrada is in reality a depositional formation from shallow Jurassic sea sediments -- alternating layers of sandstone, shale and siltstone. Differential erosion of these rocks is the reason for the sometimes weird and grotesque mushroom-like structures. By the way, this little park was the site for several scenes in the science fiction spoof "Galaxy Quest."

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