Goblin Valley State Park is a local tourist attraction, famously being used for scenes in the famous science fiction film "Galaxy Quest." Backpackers and hikers are in for a unique experience when exploring the trails at Goblin Valley State Park. The nationally known Valley of Goblins is almost three square miles in circumference and is a free, pathless area that can be explored as extensively as visitors choose.
After checking out this unique set of rock features, make sure you explore the six miles of traditional hiking trails that offer everything from flat, desert expanses to steep canyon climbs that require a fair bit of athleticism. For dog owners, Goblin Valley State Park recommends the Third Valley as your best bet, as it's usually a little quieter than the other trails and offers several refuse bins for cleaning up any messes your dog might make.
If you are thinking about taking your canine out for a hike, make sure you keep them restrained throughout your journey. While Goblin Valley State Park has always been known for its night sky viewing, the astronomy community gave it a shot in the arm in 2015 when they brought in the National Park Service's Night Sky Team.
This team ascertained that Goblin Valley State Park has some of the lowest levels of light pollution in the area, which gives it one of the most unobstructed views of the Milky Way in all of North America. Since then, several ranger-led events have regularly occurred throughout the warmer months aimed at educating locals on astronomy, and just why Goblin Valley State Park is so great for the hobby.
There are telescope hours throughout the year, regularly posted on the Utah State Park's website. Canines are welcome to join any would-be astronomers as long as they stay on leash, and don't interrupt fellow visiting stargazers. A 9-hole disc golf course exists for visitors to enjoy as well. This is free for all Goblin Valley State Park guests. Disk rental is $1 per day.