Friday, December 18, 2009

Goblin Valley

Thule and I left home at noon on Saturday. I had hoped to leave early, like by 8am, but a package I'd expected to have arrived Friday didn't. So I had to wait till 8am to call the Post Office and see if they had it. Well to make a long story short, I finally tracked down the mailman at a gas station and he had my package and I was ready to leave. We drove all day, and half the night, to North Platte, NE. The next day from North Platte to Green River, UT over the Rockies where it snowed the whole way.

After 2 days of driving it was time to do what we came to do, explore and photograph. My friend Travis had been to Goblin Valley in the spring and after hearing him talk about it I just had to go to. We got to Goblin Valley before sunrise and made a silhouette of these goblins standing tall just outside the valley.

We arrived to an empty parking lot and empty it would stay our entire visit. Thule was in heaven roaming with me thru this wondrous land.

The valley is laid out to the South and the sun rises over some cliffs to the East. Sunlight slowly creeps across the valley warming the land to just above freezing. Capturing sun stars as the sun just breaks over land form adds a bit of magic to the image.

Snow adds a dimension to the valley unseen by most visitors to the park. It accentuates the surface of the land with interesting lines, shapes and patterns.

Thule and I spend 6 hours roaming around the valley, exploring many nooks and crannies. We could have spend more time as there was more to explore. It was special having the valley to ourselves. It certainly adds to the magic when the winds are calm and silence consumed your being.



  1. Roger,
    These photos brought tears to my eyes! I have such an affinity for the High Desert...
    #4 (I think) is my favorite :)

    Blessed Be,

  2. I'm not sure where this is Roger, it looks a lot like Joshua Tree Monument. Is it close to that?

  3. No not close to Joshua Tree. Goblin Valley is in Utah just south of I-70.