Hike-in Required
No
Open Year-round
Yes
ADA accessible
No
Guided tours
No
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Hoodoos are unique rock formations formed by years of erosion. In this region, hoodoos are formed by rain and a weathering process called frost wedging. This occurs when snow melts and seeps into the cracks then refreezes at night. When the water freezes, it expands slowly and widens these cracks. In a single year this region can see as many as 200 freeze and thaw cycles. You can view some of these hoodoo rock formations from the Hoodoo Trail in the Dixie National Forest. 

The Hoodoo Trail starts from the Red Canyon Visitor Center in the Dixie National Forest. Multiple trails can be accessed from this location. For more information about the surrounding area, stop inside the visitor center and a ranger will gladly give you maps and suggestions on hiking or camping within the area. The Hoodoo Trail begins on the west side of the visitor center and is an easy, family-friendly trail that can be done as a quick stop on your way to Bryce Canyon National Park. The trail is a 0.3-mile loop with very little elevation change. Although the trail is short, it is worth a stop to take in the surrounding scenery. There are several connector trails that can make this hike into a longer loop if time permits. This trail will take you past two prominent hoodoos before winding it's way back to the visitor center.

Logistics + Planning

Preferable season(s)

Winter
Spring
Summer
Fall

Congestion

Moderate

Parking Pass

None

Pros

Beautiful scenery and rock formations.

Cons

Trail can be congested at times.

Pets allowed

Allowed with Restrictions

Features

Big vistas
Wildflowers
Geologically significant
Family friendly

Location

Field Guide

Nearby Lodging + Camping

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