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  • Writer's pictureMick McMurray

Paria Rimrocks Hoodoos Photography Guide

Updated: May 17

Day or night - the photography in the area is unforgettable!

The Toadstools of the Pariah Rimrock are a unique and fascinating sight to behold. Found in the arid and rugged landscape of the Paria Rimrock, these toadstools are actually rock formations that have eroded over time into tall, thin columns with broad, mushroom-like caps. The caps are often darker than the base, they stand out against the brown and gray rocks of the surrounding terrain. These toadstools are a popular destination for hikers and nature enthusiasts, who come to marvel at their unusual shapes and colors and explore the Pariah Rimrock's rugged terrain.

If you're looking for a scenic hiking trail near Kanab, look no further than the Toadstool Hoodoo Trail. Just head east on Highway 89 from Kanab for 45 miles or west from Page for 30 miles and you'll see the trailhead on the north side of the road. It's not easy to spot, so keep your eyes open. There is a small parking lot and a trailhead register located near a hiker's gate in the fence line. Once you've signed in, simply follow the trail north and you'll soon be immersed in the breathtaking beauty of the Toadstool Hoodoo formation. The round-trip hike is about 1.5 miles, making it a great option for hikers of all skill levels. So, pack your water and snacks and get ready to enjoy a memorable hike through the stunning landscape of Toadstool Hoodoo! Paria Rimrocks Hoodoos photography is amazing!

Red toadstool hoodoo with a cloudy blue sky
Red toadstool hoodoo

As you embark on the Toadstool Hoodoo Trail, you'll begin by making your way down to Sandy Wash. After a brief climb and scramble, you'll reach the base where the rim rocks are perched. Keep an eye out for the towering red toadstool on the edge - it's easy to spot!! After a quick ascent, you'll discover many more hoodoos in the area, each one as impressive as the last. Don't forget to venture further as there's so much more to see, including numerous hoo-doos to the east that are sure to leave you in awe. So, take your time, explore to your heart's content, and make memories that'll last a lifetime. The photography options are endless. Remember that the low light angle in the morning or evening is better for photography. I have found that a cloudy, moody sky is better than a clear blue sky.

large hoodoo with a large boulder with sand in the foreground and a moody sky
Hoodoo wide angle

Large boulder with sand in the foreground
Photograph other scenes

Large and small red  hoodoos with a moody sky
Large and small hoodoos

Paria Rimrocks Hoodoos Night Photography

When the sunsets, the Toadstool Hoodoos transform into a magical wonderland that's perfect for stargazing. The best part? You're likely to have this enchanting place all to yourself. With the hoodoos as your backdrop and the Milky Way above, the photography opportunities are almost endless. Let your creativity soar and capture some breathtaking shots that are sure to impress. I have found that the best camera settings for Milky Way photography are a fast 2.8 lens, a high ISO setting, the focus set to infinity, and a long exposure. So play around with your settings and lights and have fun.

Be sure to explore other areas around Page AZ

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Lower Antelope Canyon: A Natural Wonder in Arizona

Off the Beaten Path: Discovering an Abandoned Corral

Off the Beaten Path: Exploring the Stunning Hoo-Doos of Stud-Horse Point

Discovering the Wonders of Rainbow Bridge: A Perfect Day on the Water

Exploring the Majestic Wave of North Coyote Buttes

The Upper Antelope Canyon: A Photographic Tour of Nature's Art

If you're planning a visit to the Toadstool Hoodoo Trail, there are a few essential tips to keep in mind to ensure you have a safe and enjoyable experience:

  • Avoid climbing on or touching the actual hoodoos to preserve their natural beauty and integrity.

  • The ideal time to visit is during spring or fall as it can get extremely hot during the summer months.

  • Bring along plenty of water and sunscreen to protect yourself from the scorching sun.

  • Remember to leave no trace and be respectful of the area by leaving it as you found it.

  • As the trail is quite isolated and there is no cell service in the area, it's a good idea to use GPS or download maps before you start your hike.

  • Restrooms are not available on the trail, so make sure to use the porta-potty at the parking area if needed.

  • If you plan to stay past sunset, be sure to pack flashlights or headlamps to ensure you can navigate your way back safely.

By keeping these tips in mind, you can make the most of your visit to the Toadstool Hoodoo Trail and enjoy the stunning natural beauty of this unique landscape.


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