Toadstools and Hoodoos Hiking Park

January 17, 2021 My Solo Trip, The most beautiful places in North America

The park Toadstools and Hoodoos is part of the Grand Staircase-Escalante National Monument in ​​southern Utah. The park is very small, does not require payment, and does not have any facilities, such as bathrooms, routes, maps, etc. It is located on US Hwy 89, near the city of Kanab, very close to the Arizona border. 

It is a colorful park, perfect for a photographer.

The name is Toadstools, and Hoodoos lends itself to many interpretations. No type of fungus could really grow in the desert where the humidity is very low, and regarding the ghosts, I cannot imagine the souls in pain roaming through this inhospitable and lonely place. 

The rock mushrooms

The park really gets its name from the collection of balanced rock formations which look like toadstools or capped mushrooms and from the organic shapes of the rocks. These shapes have been created by erosion. The water, wind, and snow have sculpted these mountains for thousands of years.

It is a small canyon, easy to hike.

After having visited several parks, I have found the funniest names that some places have. Some mountains, rocks, lakes, and rivers have been named back from ancestral cultures, but others got their names very recently, even from the creation or signposting of the parks or popular culture.

The park entrance

Toadstools and Hoodoos Hiking Park, visit UT, Visiting Utah, Amazing travels

Toadstools and Hoodoos Hiking Park is part of southern Utah’s Grand Staircase-Escalante National Monument. Look at the pictures.

At the end of my hiking excursion, I had an accident with my metal water bottle. It slipped from my backpack pocket while I was climbing a rock, and it hit my pinkie. What seemed like a small accident turned into a fracture. I want to post this here to sound the alarm about it. These are great bottles, but they can be dangerous.

My metal water bottle
My painfully broken finger


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