The Toadstools in Grand Staircase-Escalante National Monument are easily accessible with a trailhead right on Route 89.  It’s a quick 1.5 mile hike to check out the hoodoos and balanced rocks.  They form when a layer of softer rock is topped by a layer of harder rock.  The softer rock erodes more quickly than the harder rock, so you end up with a larger rock on top, which then protects the lower column from the elements.  Because the hike was short, we didn’t leave ourselves much time for it.  I could have easily spent another hour or two exploring the formations.

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Written by Siren


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