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Friday, March 11, 2011

Goblin Valley Inspires Awe

ViaMagazine.com has this interesting article on Goblin Valley, which is one of the most popular Utah State Parks. Here's the article's sub-title:

Come to this state park in Castle Country to see amazing rock formations that look like weird birds, magic mushrooms, and goofy gremlins.

Below are excerpts from the article.

A ll of Utah’s stark canyon country inspires awe, but no place fires up the imagination quite like Goblin Valley State Park, a rockbound fantasyland 90 minutes northwest of Moab. Once called Mushroom Valley for its toadstool-shaped pillars of sandstone, the site opened in 1964 as a 3,654-acre geological reserve filled with odd forms that range from fungal to ghostlike.

A short path descends from the parking lot to the valley, where visitors are free to roam among formations resembling big gremlins, chess pawns, or—to the hungry—cocoa-dusted marshmallows. “People say they see birds, ducks, dogs, noses,” says ranger’s aide Jordan Perez of the structures carved by ages of wind, water, and ice.

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