If you’ve spent any time wandering around Southern Utah, then you are probably familiar with hoodoos. They are some of the strangest geological formations to be found in the deserts of the American West. Plenty of people are aware of the hoodoos of Goblin Valley, Cedar Breaks and Bryce Canyon. But stranger still are the white hoodoos of Wahweap Creek.
Nicknamed the “white ghosts,” the Wahweap Hoodoos are far weirder than the more famous hoodoos of Bryce Canyon. The vertical pinnacles of the Wahweap Hoodoos are composed of white sandstone – instead of the usual red sandstone – and atop each pinnacle sits a dark purple sandstone block. They are scattered along the cliffs of Wahweap Creek for a half-mile stretch. The sight is strange, otherworldly, and a bit eerie.
The Wahweap Hoodoos are part of the Grand Staircase-Escalante National Monument. They are located about five-miles north of the town of Big Water, Utah, on the west side of Wahweap Creek. Vehicle traffic is no longer allowed in the area, so if you want to see these hoodoos, you’ll need to hike.
The trail is easy, with some sandy terrain, and minimal elevation change. Round trip, the trail is almost ten-miles and will require about five-hours to complete. (There are a few narrow side canyons as you hike up Wahweap Creek. They are small and dull, and in our opinion, are not worth exploring.) You can refer to this map if you need help finding the Wahweap Hoodoos.
Southern Utah has many strange and fascinating sights. But the Wahweap Hoodoos are, to us anyway, some of the weirdest formations in the American West.