Paria Rimrocks Toadstool Trail

The Paria Rimrocks hike near the Glen Canyon National Recreation Area is a pleasant 1.5 mile round trip jaunt taking you to the hoodoos and balanced rocks.  Actually located in the Grand Staircase Escalante this is a fairly easy hike that the whole family can enjoy.  To find the trailhead from the Glen Canyon Dam drive 30 minutes north on highway 89.  Just after you pass Utah mile marker 19 turn off the highway in to the dirt parking area.  Be sure to sign the register before you head up the wash.  About halfway out there is an area that requires a little rock scrambling.  You may require a boost if your hiking skills are rusty however most people make it without difficulty.  When you arrive the sight of various balanced rocks jogs your sense of logic as the hoodoo gardens fill your imagination with mystical wonderings as only nature can.  If you have the time continue beyond the hoodoos, scramble down into another wash and follow it back out to your car.  There are no designated trails so you want to check your compass and make sure you are headed in a westerly direction towards the highway and the parking lot.  As with any hike in Canyon Country be sure you bring enough water, wear sturdy shoes, apply sunscreen frequently and don’t forget your hat.  Tip:  Maps are available at the Grand Staircase-Escalante National Monument Visitor Center in Big Water which you will pass on the way to the trailhead.

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3 Responses to Paria Rimrocks Toadstool Trail

  1. JJ Loch says:

    How marvelous! I love the colors and the designs in this rock nature photo. Breathtaking. What adventures you have!

    Hugs, JJ

  2. Homer Dodson says:

    There are eight of us going in May. don’t have much time when we leave Antelope Canyon at about 2:00 PM on our way to Mt. Carmel Junction but would like to see this. Is the trail marked to the hoodoos? I notice you said it isn’t but I thought that meant if we were making a circle. I thought we’d walk to them and then turn around and go back the same way. I’m a hillbilly not a desertbilly. So we could get lost. what do you suggest?

  3. Bob says:

    The trail to the hoodoos is actually a dry stream bed. Follow this in and out and you will be fine. Take plenty of water and as walkways were a hat and comfortable hiking boots. Have fun.

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