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Goblin Valley

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Goblin Valley is a state park located in southeastern Utah, known for its unique landscape of hoodoos, or mushroom-shaped rock formations, scattered across a valley floor. The formations are made of Entrada sandstone, and are believed to be around 170 million years old. The park offers various hiking trails and rock scrambling opportunities for visitors.

One of the most popular trails at Goblin Valley is the Goblin's Lair Trail, which leads to a large cave that was formed by the erosion of the sandstone. Other notable trails include the Carmel Canyon Trail, which provides views of the surrounding mesas and buttes, and the Curtis Bench Trail, which takes you to the top of a mesa for panoramic views of the park. In addition to hiking, you can also camp overnight at Goblin Valley, stargaze, and explore the valley's unique rock formations.