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Christa Sadler: Hoodoo Voodoo: An Exploration of Escalante’s Very Own Hoodoos (and everything around them!)

September 16 @ 8:30 am - 12:30 pm

NOTE: Limited to 12 particpants.  To RSVP, please sign up here.  Carpool out to parking area from GSEP Office.

BLM-Bob Wick

Hoodoos are some of the oddest and most whimsical landforms that occur in the desert Southwest. Escalante has their very own hoodoos that are easy to access and fun to explore. We’ll park along the road and walk in along the rim of Head of the Rocks to the Hoodoos. Along the way, we’ll have a chance to see extraordinary views and talk about the formation of the rocks, the landforms and landscapes, and the unique ecosystem we are traveling through. There’s also some really interesting history and pre-history and, once we reach the hoodoos, no lack of geological voodoo to talk about! This is an easy hike of less than three miles round-trip, over sandy, but relatively flat terrain.

HIKE DETAILS: Park just off HWY 12. Easy walking is over relatively flat, sometimes sandy ground. 


  • Walking sticks if you like them
  • Good shoes – low hikers with good soles, not big leather hiking boots.
  • 2 liters of water
  • A decent daypack
  • Lunch and snacks
  • Sunscreen, sunglasses, and hat
  • Bring a camera, and small binoculars if you have them.

As a teacher, naturalist, author, and guide, Christa Sadler has called the Colorado Plateau home for more than three decades. She holds a Master’s degree in earth sciences and paleontology from Northern Arizona University, and a bachelor’s degree in physical anthropology from the University of California Berkeley. Christa has been boating, hiking, teaching, and writing in the landscapes of southern Utah since 1988 and has published numerous books and articles about the region. Her publications include: There’s This River: Grand Canyon Boatman Stories; Dawn of the Dinosaurs: The Late Triassic in the American Southwest; Life in Stone: Fossils of the Colorado Plateau; Where Dinosaurs Roamed: Lost Worlds of Utah’s Grand Staircase and The Colorado. There is nothing in the world she loves as much as exploring this environment, alone or with others who enjoy learning and being in these lands.


September 16
8:30 am - 12:30 pm
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Meet at Grand Staircase Escalante Partners Office
530 West Main Street
Escalante, Utah 84726
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