A Utah Adventure: Part 5, Goblin Valley State Park

Larb Hollow Vista -

Larb Hollow Vista

After leaving Lower Calf Creek, we traveled north on Utah SR 12. The destination was Moab and Arches National Park.

Highway 12 climbs up and up and up! It finally crests at 9000 feet and you begin the long decent into the village of Torrey where Highway 12 joins Highway 24.

Larb Hollow was one of the few places where we could pull off the road safely after climbing out of Boulder. Pretty much all of the pull outs and overlooks before here were still buried in snow. A lot of snow.

If you like the golden leaves of fall aspen, then an October drive over this highway is for you. The whole south facing side of the mountain seemed to be covered with them.

Goblin Valley State Park

Here is where we would be seeing the photographs from Goblin Valley State Park but it was not to be. We took the exit off of Highway 24, heading northwest. At the next turn, some miles in, there was an information kiosk.

I pulled off to let Liddy stretch.

On investigating the bulletins on the kiosk, that is when I found that all lodging (including camping) in Southeast Utah was closed. No new reservations were to be accepted. Nope, tourists go home! Go home so we can keep our families safe from the Corona Virus.

It was a bit shocking, and mood breaking. 1200 miles from home, and not to be welcomed anywhere…

So, no Goblin Valley State Park.

When we arrived at Green River, on Interstate 70, I confirmed that Arches National Park was still open. Because we didn’t need to find “organized” campsite, I decided to continue to the park.

Having come this far, what was there to loose?

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