Geologic Ghouls and Goblins
This Halloween, while you’re looking forward to the neighborhood children trick or treating as cute little goblins and ghouls, check out a different sort of goblin– the geological kind. Goblin Valley State Park, located north of Hanksville, Utah, boasts some spooky geological formations: rocks that rise in lumpy columns from the desert landscape. Goblin Valley is filled with hoodoos, also called tent rocks. These formations are typically a chunk of harder rock that tops a column of softer rock. The softer rock has been eroded over the years, but the harder rock on top remains. The result is that many of the formations look like goblins’ heads on their narrow necks.
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This Halloween, take a road trip or book a plane to Goblin Valley. The state park is open daily from 6am -10pm. Just be careful if you’re there after dark – those stone goblins towering above you might look a little too real!