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Celebrate Utah: Casey explores Goblin Valley State Park

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Casey finds all the hidden treasures in Goblin Valley State Park. (Photo: Tom Chamberlain / KUTV)

(KUTV) It's been said life is not measured by the number of breaths we take, but by the moments that take our breath away.

Taking a breathtaking look at the sunrise over the Three Sisters formation could be one of those moments.

Road Trippin' 2016 begins in a wonderfully strange and colorful valley, unlike any other in Utah.

Goblin Valley located in south central Utah is home to Goblins or hoodoo's, which are a concentration of sandstone that formed on top of silt stone or shell and the silt stone shell erodes more quickly than the sand stone. The end result is spires that poke up out of the ground.

But how did they get the name "goblins"?

"People thought they looked like goblins late at night if you come here to explore let your imagination go wild and see some goblins," says Nate Martinez with Goblin Valley State Park.

Goblin Valley encourages you to come down and explore. They want you to touch, feel and get close and personal with the goblins -- but please be respectful.

The area is not known for the best cell service, but it is known for is one of the best places to play hide and seek and a lot of other activities like geo-cashing, disc golf and go mountain biking.

The busy time of year is in the spring and fall. So to get your camping reservations, you'll want to call early.

With 24 sites and 2 yurts, the spots fill up fast. If you miss out on securing your spot in Goblin Valley don't worry, there are plenty of places to stay in surrounding areas. According to the Emery County travel board "green valley is a great place for you base camp, from there you can hit arches, Canyonlands even Dead Horse Point."

Just outside of Goblin Valley is San Rafael Swell. The Swell is considered one of the "undiscovered" natural wonders of the American West. You can bike,hike, take an ATV or ride in on horseback. If you are into mountain biking, check out the Good Water Rim trail located off the little Grand Canyon. It's not that hard of a ride, but it has some of the most beautiful scenery you'll see anywhere according to San Rafael Country Adventures.

A hidden gem right here in our own backyard, Goblin Valley is a picturesque place that needs to be considered for you next road trip.

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