So, what exactly are these things called Hoodoos anyway? And not, I’m not talking about witchcraft.
According to the National Park website, they are tall spires, with a totem-like body, of rock that rise out of dry arid land and are most commonly found in the Colorado Plateau area of Utah and the Badlands in the Great Northern Plains. Don’t worry, the Badlands are on my list. Haha!
The shapes and heights of Hoodoos vary. Some even look like Queen Victoria:
The Hoodoos in Bryce are made primarily of sandstone but there’s also some siltstones and mudstone thrown in for good measure. Over the years, and we’re talking millennia, erosion as shaped these into what they are today. In another million years the park will look different. Unfortunately, I won’t still be alive so you guys will just have to tell me about it while were having margaritas in the afterlife. Make sure you bring pictures! I’ll be curious. I’m always curious. No big surprise there!
Since this area is impacted easily by us humans the park is strict about staying on the trails. Just walking to the base of a hoodoo can shorten it’s lifespan. I don’t know about you but I don’t want to be standing under one when it decides that being upright is no longer where it wishes to be. Imagine if the top of this fell over???
Okay, so maybe I’m a bit of a nature nerd, but I really am just in awe of this park. It’s so fascinating. In case you want more information on hoodoo, or anything really, head on over to the Bryce Canyon National Park website. Also, in case you missed, here’s my post on Bryce.
Who else love Bryce? What’s your favorite trail? Have you been there in the winter? Would you recommend the off season?
Have a wonderful Tuesday everyone!