American Locations 21

The trip is from Lewis & Clark Monument, Illinois, to Kickapoo State Park, Illinois, by way of the North Rim of the Grand Canyon, Arizona

Goblin Valley State Park, Utah

We drove northwest out of Glen Canyon on Rte. 95. This was flat desolate country with little sign of humanity. At the small one-diner town of Hanksville, Rte. 95 turned into Rte. 24, which we continued north on. We turned west off Rte. 24 onto a gravel road that led us to Goblin Valley State Park.

The park was filled with weirdly-shaped hoodoo pinnacles, where over the years soft sandstone had eroded underneath more solid rock. After setting up in the campground, I hiked the deep narrow winding Entrada Trail through some of these hoodoos that led from the campground to the Goblin Lair, an open field that contained thousands of hoodoos.

Reaching the Goblin Lair, I turned back the way I had come, wanting to save this for the next day.

Early that morning we drove from the campground to the parking lot at Goblin Lair, where we set out on foot to explore all these weird shapes. There were 3 separate fields of these, but we only walked through the nearest.

This one gives some perspective of size.

Some close-ups.

And others.

Some with us.

This was the wall at the back of the first field. Beyond it were two other fields like the one we explored.

There were trails leading all through and around the hoodoos.

It was late morning by the time we wore ourselves out and left the park.

Next Location – Capitol Reef National Park

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