The huge area of the Grand Staircase Escalante National Monument contains many attractions, more or less hidden, which can be visited for free. I Toadstool Hoodoos they are one of them and they represent an excellent possibility of an intermediate stop among some of the main destinations of naturalistic interest in the area. If you are planning an on the road between Utah and Arizona, you may be looking for some curiosities to dwell on along the way between one stage and another.
If you are heading from Page or Antelope Canyon to Kanab to visit Bryce Canyon or Zion National Park (or vice versa), you will most likely take Hwy 89: right along this road there are some paths that lead to the extravagant rock formations in the shape of mushrooms, typical of the geological area around the beds of the Paria and Wahweap rivers.
It takes very little to reach them and they can prove to be a perfect intermediate stop in a day's driving, perhaps to be associated with the Coral Pink Sand Dunes. Or if you are returning from a day at Lake Powell and Horseshoe Bend and are heading to Kanab for the night, stop here along the way in the late afternoon might be another idea to consider.
- How to reach us
- What are Toadstool Hoodoos
- How to visit the Toadstool Hoodoos
- Where to sleep nearby
How to reach us
Access to the path leading to the Toadstool Hoodoos is located along US-89, the 45 km from Page (about 30 minutes of driving) e 70 km da Kanab (about 45 min driving). The quickest and easiest way to get there is to just follow this Highway to the trailhead, whether you are coming from Page or from Kanab.
A much more panoramic alternative, but accessible only with off-road vehicles as it is a very long dirt road, is the intriguing one Cottonwood Canyon Road, which branches off from Hwy 89 to Cannonville, near Kodachrome Basin State Park, near Bryce Canyon, crossing the central area of the Grand Staircase Escalante.
If you have a suitable car, after visiting the Bryce you could choose to take this scenic route to Hwy 89, then turning right to reach the start of the path in a few minutes.
What are Toadstool Hoodoos
In the area of the Grand Staircase Escalante and in general in the southwest USA they are quite common hoodoos, also called fairy chimneys. These are tapered rock formations that emerge from the ground and can be more or less high, of different colors and shapes.
The most famous examples of such chimney rocks are undoubtedly those of Bryce Canyon and Cedar Breaks, but the number and vastness of the area in which they arise is not necessarily the characteristic that makes them more interesting or curious to our eyes.
If you have heard of the Goblin Valley, you will certainly have a clearer idea of those hoodoos, which more than pinnacles look like small fantastic characters (hence the name of the valley) or mushrooms: this is the reason why the formations object of this article are called Toadstools, literally "poisonous mushrooms".
The hat on the top is what sets them apart from more common fireplaces in other areas, making them a truly quirky attraction. THE two different types of sandstone they are consumed by the wind in a different way: this causes a narrower stem to form surmounted by a large cap of harder rock (and therefore more difficult to be eroded by the wind).
Not far from here we can also find the Wahweap Hoodoos, very similar but with different colors: white with dark hat, unlike the Toadstools which are of reddish hues.
How to visit i Toadstool Hoodoos
There is a very simple path which allows you to reach in less than half an hour on foot the Toadstools, leaving the car at the beginning of the path along Hwy 89. Specifically, it is a route of about 1,5 km (less than 3 km round trip) that is not difficult and is also suitable for children .
Just follow the small arrows placed here and there, but also intuitively it is not difficult to understand where to go. It is sufficient to continue straight along the path, which does not present any deviations.
Sometimes you will find what appear to be alternative paths: you will realize that in truth they are only variations of a few meters, which all lead to the final clearing in which the hoodoos are concentrated. The complete path continues to the left from the small rocky valley, and leads near other rocky conformations. If you have little time, you can easily stop here, saving you a few hundred meters of walking.
There is also a second path, less beaten than the previous one, which can be taken by leaving the car 2,5 km away from the trailhead of the previous one. Exactly, find the entrance to this trail at the Paria Contact Station, but on the opposite side of Hwy 89.
The two most interesting rocks that this path allows you to reach are Skinny Hoodoo and Twisted Hoodoo. This path is less than 1 km long, so it is plausible that you can do both, but if you have to choose then I recommend the main one, which allows you to reach the clearing where the most important hoodoos are concentrated.
Where to sleep nearby
Near the Toadstool Hoodoos there is only one holiday home in which to stay overnight. Due to its location, it could be a good place to spend a night or two, as from here you can comfortably commute between attractions such as the Coral Pink Sand Dunes near Kanab or Page and Lake Powell, but also other points of interest of the Grand Staircase Escalante.
However, it is very likely that you are planning one quick stage to the Toadstools in an on the road itinerary that goes from Kanab to Page or vice versa. Therefore I advise you to deepen with our dedicated articles.
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