Hoodoos? We do!

Bryce Canyon National Park is all about the hoodoos- those colorful, spiny towers of eroded rock.

Those (like us) hiking beyond the drive-up overlooks can earn a snazzy “I Hiked the Hoodoos” pin by photographing themselves at hoodoo checkpoints.

We hit the trails, and a few hours later, Mr. Ranger was handing over our pins with a flourish.

Jewelry aside, I wanted to see the hoodoos up close, especially with the sun finally burning off the morning chill. Karen and I set out on the Peek-A-Boo Trail, a five-mile loop through hoodoo hotspots. A mile in, Karen decided to turn back, so we made our safety arrangements (along the lines of “If I don’t come back, tell them to come find me”), and I continued solo. The winding, rising and falling path gave me great views of a variety of hoodoos. And it wore me out. After an hour and a half, I had seen plenty of fine specimens… yet I knew I had another hour of hiking ahead of me.

The sun I had earlier been wishing for now had me peeling off layers of clothing. My last granola bar was gone, then my last drop of water. Of course the final mile of the trail was uphill. When I met up with Karen in the parking lot, I was done hoodooing. For now.

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3 Responses to Hoodoos? We do!

  1. Karen says:

    In my defense, really, I had to turn back because I had to pee. And while it looks like there may be lots of hiding places to do this act among the hoodoos, there really is not. Bryce has lots of visitors. Plus I had already racked up 5 miles of hiking that day. Ken managed 10 miles. Good job dear.

    • Ken says:

      Editor’s Note: I wasn’t sure how much to say about your reasons for turning back. Better that you fill in the details.

  2. Dee Braaksma says:

    Who knew – about the Hoodoos! Thanks for the lovely pictures. I could head out and join you on the hiking trails!

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