|Goblin Valley State Park, Utah, USA|
The distinct shape of these rocks comes from erosion. Because of the uneven hardness of sandstone, some patches resist erosion and some are worn away by wind and water. There are thousands of these unique, goblin shapes .Hiking is permitted in the park, which features three marked trails.
Native American cultures, including the Fremont, Paiute, and Ute have left evidence of their use of the area in several rock art panels.
In the late 1920s, Arthur Chaffin and two companions were searching for an alternate route between Green River and Caineville and were amazed by the rock formations. Chaffin returned in 1949 to the area he called 'Mushroom Valley' to explore the area and photographing its weird and wonderfully eroded rocks.
In 1954 it was proposed that Goblin Valley be protected from vandalism and the state of Utah acquired the property and made it a State Reserve. It was officially designated a state park on August 24, 1964.