In the late 1920s, Arthur Chaffin, owner/operator of the Hite ferry, and two companions were searching for an alternative route between Green River and Cainsville. They came to a vantage point about a mile west of Goblin Valley and were awed by what they saw, five buttes and a valley of strange-shaped rock formations surrounded by a wall of eroded cliffs. Chaffin later returned to the area he called Mushroom Valley and spent days exploring the mysterious valley and photographing its scores of intricately eroded features. The area was acquired by the state of Utah and in 1964 was officially designated a state park. Journey into a strange and colorful valley of goblins, gnomes and oddly shaped formations.