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Wahweap Hoodoos - Utah
What to do if you have little time : you'll need at least 5 hours to visit this site, but it is worth it.
This site, not very big, is absolutely gorgeous. And the most famous hoodoo itself is worth the many hours of walking. These hoodoos are certainly the best known, with their long white fireplace topped with a brown hat. The hoodoos are grouped in several places, but two locations are more interesting. The first group (GPS: N 37 ° 09,733 'W 111 ° 42,739') where is the most famous hoodoo and a second group, 700 or 1000 feet to the south (N 37 ° 09,590 'W 111 ° 42 752 ').
Wahweap hoodoos are not very crowdy. During the seven hours we spent on the trail and on the site, we have seen ... nobody. A form of natural selection occurs because to achieve the hoodoos, you have to walk for about 5 miles (one way). To complicate matters, almost all of the walk is done in a wash, which is mostly dry, but after storms it can fill with water. We wanted to visit these hoodoos in September 2013, but the BLM rangers had warned us that the water level in the wash reached 8 feet. Therefore impassable. In 2014, two days before our visit, it rained and the wash was still wet but only a shallow stream a few yards wide was in the Wash. This did not discourage us. Finally, the last reason for the low attendance of the site is that the best time to visit is in the morning at sunrise. This involves starting the 5 miles walk at night. There is no real risk of being lost as you just follow the wash, but it discourages many. Otherwise, you must resign yourselves to visit this site at times that are not the best.
It is important to inquire BLM at Bigwater before going to the Wahweap Hoodoos. You will have the latest updates on the status of the trail and weather forecasts. And importantly, the rangers will give you a plan describing access to the hoodoos.
The hike of 4,8 miles one way (from the 4WD parking area, add half a mile from the 2WD parking area) presents no difficulties in dry weather. The whole hike is in the wash. Therefore, there is no denivelation.
Access : from Bigwater on US89, take the Fish Hatchery Road for 3.3 miles to the wash. There you have 2 options:
The accommodations, although abundant in Page, are however insufficient and very expensive. It becomes very difficult to find accommodation in Page. We strongly advise you to book in advance. Otherwise, you may not find accommodation or pay very expensive. We have tested :
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