Goblin Valley State Park, Utah
Goblin Valley was fun, Aubree thought it was the best of all the parks we visited, mainly because she could climb these formations, and did so. I try to keep personal photos off this site, but she begged me to post one or two, so alright already!
These are the kinds of formations she was climbing to the top of, or near to the top of, depending on difficulty:
The goblins resulted from this wall being eroded away, leaving whatever was protected by the tougher Entrada Sanstone behind as goblins. Look carefuly at the wall and see them forming:
Of course, away from the wall they are being reduced to sand, from whence they came hundreds of millions of years ago:
But for a while they live as tall, complex creatures that provide shelter (and entertainment) to other creatures:
Some of the better goblins to climb were here:
Alas, as one looked to the end of the goblin lines away from the wall, their ultimate fate was obvious:
As we left Goblin Valley, Aubree saw and snapped this nice looking antelope:
That whitish rock background is part of the San Rafael swell, and reminds me that our next, and last, stop is in a continuation of that formation with lots of erosion: Capitol Reef National Park.