WAHWEAP HOODOOS

November 28, 2016

Francesco Sauro at the Wahweap Hoodoos, Utah
 
Laura and I headed out thanksgiving eve to meet back up with Francesco and Daniela in their journey through the sandstone mecca of south Utah.  There is so much diversity out near the page region that you can find some of the most amazing mosaic features molded through the weight of gravity and the flow of wind and water that works in the a path of least resistance.
Wahweap Hoodoos, Utah
One place that I have been waiting to visit for a long time now is the Wahweap Hoodoos near Page Arizona.  It is still on the Utah side but you can almost see the border from this place, and what a place it is!  Its like being on another planet. upon entering this alcove of white and cream colored hoodoos.
 
 

Francesco Sauro at the Wahweap Hoodoos, Utah
We were a bit late showing up to the Paria Visitor center but we made it and met up with Francesco and Daniela as they were just waking up from being in the car, waiting upon our arrival.
Wahweap Hoodoos, Utah
 
Time was working against us so we only had a few more hours of sunlight before the eminent setting sun and the dropping temperatures of a deserts late fall night would be upon us.
Wahweap Hoodoos, Utah
We headed down a 2WD high clearance dirt road that turned into a 4x4 road with a diminishing culverted road as we approached the trailhead of the wash.

Wahweap Hoodoos, Utah
We stopped at a top of a badland vista as the road continuing down to the bottom appeared to be quite thick in mud and prone to hold onto just about any vehicle that dared to drive down to the wash.  
Wahweap Hoodoos, Utah

We followed the ridge and than headed down into the wash to ensure that we would make it to the hoodoos with a bit of sunlight left which turned out to be a good decision as we would have been stuck on a cliff until we were right over the hoodoos.
Wahweap Hoodoos, Utah

The wash was easy to find and easy to work our way down into so as we worked our way down the wash, the cream colored hoodoo totems started to appear from the corner.
Wahweap Hoodoos, Utah
This place was like being on another land, a cold land with mud tree like pillars holding onto conglomerate stone boulders like preserving precious gems at the top of their monoliths.
Francesco Sauro at the Wahweap Hoodoos, Utah
There were a bunch of them and more to be found when we continued down the wash and around the bend towards the back of the coves.
Wahweap Hoodoos, Utah
The oddity of it all is that these hoodoos have a cream colored and almost white look to them and must have formed quickly through erosion, which makes me wonder how long they will last until erosion works these beautiful formations into the ground.
Wahweap Hoodoos, Utah
I can only hope that future visitors would appreciate these features and attempt to preserve them for others to enjoy.


Soon after enjoying these alien like pillars, the sun set over the mountains and the temperature dropped a few degrees every minute.  We found a way back up to the top of the plateau so we could b line our way back to the cars before nightfall.
Wahweap Hoodoos, Utah
Eventually we made it back to the cars and had just a bit more of sunlight to work our way around most of the obstacles on the roads before we got to the main road where we pulled over and had a thanksgiving dinner set up for everyone.
Adam Haydock at the Wahweap Hoodoos, Utah
Note: I can only hope that future visitors would appreciate these features and attempt to preserve them for others to enjoy and so far it appears that it has been working out but we can all take the time to appreciate these beautiful areas and preserve them.
Wahweap Hoodoos, Utah



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