Goblins, Muddy Mess and Pretzel Arch

October 8-14, 2018 — After waiting out a snowstorm in Torrey, Utah we set out north and east toward Moab, Utah where we planned to visit Arches and Canyonlands National Parks, While in route we took a side trip to see the hoodoos at Goblin Valley State Park near Green River, Utah. If you have never heard of a hoodoo then you definitely need to add Goblin to your travel bucket list!

We have been looking forward to visiting the Moab area for many years. Driving south along highway 191 we were mesmerized by the palette of colors and the changing scenery. The abundance of RVs dotting the landscape told us this was a place we were going to enjoy!

All nights this week were boondocking on BLM land in Utah with one night near Capitol Reef National Park in Torrey, one night near Goblin Valley State Park in Green River and the remaining nights on the north side of Moab and Arches National Park. 

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We officially failed in our quest to chase 70 degree weather as we sat through a snow storm in Torrey, Utah. It was a chicken soup and Netflix kind of day. 

Snow blankets the mountains near Torrey, Utah. It was nice to see the sun and blue skies following three days of cold, wet and cloudy weather. 

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Goblin Valley State Park near Green River, Utah features the most unique landscape we have ever witnessed. 

Goblin Valley has thousands of hoodoo rocks or “goblins” which are mushroom-shaped rock pinnacles. 

Goblin Valley has been described as having a “martian appearance” and was used as an alien planet in the 1999 movie Galaxy Quest. The park does make one feel like you are in another world. 

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Boondocking on BLM land near Goblin Valley State Park in Green River, Utah. There are many sites here to choose from with most offering better views than this but since we were only there for one night it worked. It’s a nice area but cell service is spotty even with a booster. 

What a muddy mess! We made it to this BLM boondocking site north of Moab, Utah and Arches National Park just before the rains started. We waited a day for the sun to dry up the mud before heading out to explore the beautiful area. 

Scenery along Highway 128 east of Moab, Utah. 

We stopped at Castle Creek Winery at Red Cliffs Lodge east of Moab, Utah for a taste of their award winning wine. They offered three samples of your choice of wines for $1. 

The Red Cliff Lodge, part of Red Cliffs Ranch, also houses the Moab Museum of Film and Western Heritage. Many films have been shot in the Moab area over the years and actors such as John Wayne, Rock Hudson, Henry Fonda, and James Stewart have worked on location here. 

The 1991 movie Thelma and Louise, featuring Geena Davis and Susan Sarandon, was filmed in the Moab area. The last scene of the movie features the two ladies driving their car off a cliff. The mannequin below was the Geena Davis stunt dummy that rode in the car off the cliff and into the Colorado River. 

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Arches National Park, the second of the five Utah National Parks on our agenda this fall. 

Arches, fins, pinnacles, hoodoos, balanced rocks. Arches National Park has them all. Amazing scenery!

Balanced Rock is one of the most iconic features of Arches National Park. It stands 128 feet tall and the upper rock is estimated to be 3,600 tons. Eventually the rock will tumble down as the erosional process continues. 

Arch found along The Windows hiking trail in Arches National Park. 

Fifty of the 2000+ arches in Arches National Park are named with some of them having several different names depending on the information source. This one on The Windows trail is known as The Spectacles as the two arch openings resemble eyes and the stone separating them acts at the nose. 

These conjoined arches are called Double Arch as they share the same stone as a foundation for their outer legs. We think Pretzel Arch would also be an appropriate name. 

Lizards are a common sight in Arches National Park during the heat of summer. This fellow braved the chilly weather of October and came out to visit. 

Wonder how many others have taken pictures of this sign found in the bathrooms at National Parks?

Goblin Valley State Park and the Moab area of Utah have been fantastic areas to visit. With so much to see and do we plan to stay for another week to take it all in. Stay tuned for next week as we visit Canyonlands National Park, Dead Horse Point State Park and other sights in the Moab area. See you then!

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2 thoughts on “Goblins, Muddy Mess and Pretzel Arch”

  1. Moab is an absolute favorite! We want to spend more time boondocking but I always worry about cell service. I have a booster and a small antenna, but since I work a “normal” 9-5, my Internet needs dictate our stays.

    1. We had excellent cell signal while boondocking north of Moab. Check sites out on Campendium as signal strength is often indicated in the reviews.

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