When Is the Best Time
The Toadstool Hoodoos are a magical place for spectacular shots in the early morning, during the golden hour or for stargazing. It's a photographer's dream and often overlooked. These incredible rock formations are located between Page, Arizona and Kanab, Utah, on HW 89, half an hour drive just 30 miles of Page. Make a stop here on your drive to Zion or Bryce Canyon.
It is a desert climate; therefore, it's dry soil. It can be windy here, and sand gets easily into your eyes. Pleasant to cold temperatures from October to April. Winter daytime temperatures are usually mild, around 50°F/10°C. However, snowfall can occur from December to February. Nights occasionally reach freezing. Summer temperatures often top 95°F/35°C. The heat is another reason why I recommend an early or late visit during the day in summer.
The Toadstool Rock formation may be crowded during the day in summer from late June to August only, especially during the weekends. Limited parking for ten cars or so. A sign indicates the parking and trailhead.
Best Months to Visit
Location and Tips
The parking and trailhead are right off HWY 89. It looks like you are in the middle of nowhere. There are portable restrooms at the parking nowadays. It indicates the rock formations start to get a little popular but they are still a hidden beauty. The 1.6 miles/2.6km round trip is an easy kid and dog-friendly walk. Although a little hike only you may end up spending hours exploring the area. There are more mushroom-shaped rock formations to the west. Enjoy the spectacular views.
- Plenty of water especially during the summer heat.
- Protect your head and skin from the sun; hat and sunscreen are essential.
- Ray recommends a wide-angle lens, a tripod, and try HDR for shots like added here.
Nearby are fascinating rock formations looking like mushrooms at Stud Horse Point.
These pictures are provided by the professional photographer Ray Downs