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March 2, 2014

Grand Staircase-Escalante National Monument: Paria Rimrocks Toadstools


These hoodoos, high on the ridge above, really do look like toadstools.

These hoodoos, high on the ridge above, really do look like toadstools.

Between Kanab Utah and Page Arizona, on the north side of US 89 between mile marker 19 and 20, is a marked trailhead that is the start of a path to a toadstool rock formation in the badlands at the base of a bluff.  From the BLM parking area, an easy 0.8-mile long trail leads into a surreal colored desert landscape.  The formal trail ends at the first of many balancing rock hoodoo formations.  Past this first formation there’s more to see.  It took us about a half an hour in the fading light to explore the area and search out all of the hoodoos.  We could have easily stayed longer.  It is a wonderful place to wander and explore.

Although not as easily accessible as the area we visited, we’ve learned that there are many more toadstools in this region of Grand Staircase-Escalante National Monument.  Indeed, a local told us that there were once many more toadstools in the very area off of US 89 that we visited and that sadly some visitors have intentionally destroyed many of the formations.  It is hard to understand why people do such things but it is, unfortunately, an all too common occurrence.  In fact, a while back I snapped a picture of Becky toppling a balancing rock with her super powers in nearby Lee’s Ferry.  I guess anyone can have a moment of weakness.

This toadstool formation occurs at the end of trail from US 89.

This toadstool formation occurs at the end of trail from US 89.

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3 Comments »

  1. Beautiful photos, of spectacular formations.

    Comment by Barneysday — March 3, 2014 @ 12:06 am

  2. One of my favorite parts of the country.

    Comment by Rick — March 3, 2014 @ 12:41 am

  3. I have written about this place before. Fun Little hike. Nice pic at the end.

    Comment by Nathan — March 3, 2014 @ 2:44 am


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