Continued from the previous page.
The Birdseye Trail morphs into the Hoodoo Trail a little west of the visitor center.
This trail loop is only 3/10ths of a mile long and doesn't have any
steep spots. I always hike it in combination with the Birdseye and Pink
It's fun to walk under the hoodoos and through the sagebrush, pinyon,
and juniper trees on this trail.
This trail is hillier than either the Hoodoo or Birdseye Trails but
it's not as steep as the Photo Trail. It forms more of a loop with part
of the Hoodoo Trail behind the
visitor center so some folks walk just it and not the other trails. The
complete loop is about half a mile long.
This photo from the road shows that
wind- and water-sculptured wall of red rock behind the Pink Ledges Trail
These distinctive twin hoodoos can be seen from the
road, the bike path, the visitor center, the Hoodoo Trail, and the Pink
Ledges Trail. I've already shown them in several entries.
I bet they are the most-photographed rocks in Red
Another (more cloudy) day Jim and Casey joined me on
these four trails.
We stopped at the same spot as shown above to talk to
some other visitors and they took our picture -- with a tree
almost coming out of my head! The guy who took the photo just saw the
hoodoos, not the tree.
And no, I'm not taller than Jim, just standing higher on
There are numbered stops along the Pink Ledges Trail. I never did get the
interpretive map from the visitor center that explains what each number
represents. I thoroughly enjoyed the trail every time I hiked it, though.
From a distance the rocks in Red Canyon do look red, or at least a
bright reddish-orange that contrasts beautifully with a bright blue sky
(complementary colors do that).
But if you hike these trails and get up close to the rocks, you'll
soon realize many of them are multi-colored, with soft or bright reds,
oranges, pinks, yellows, grays, and purples. They are even more
vivid when they are wet.
You can see the multiple colors in the large formations, as well as
boulders and smaller fragments that have fallen from the rock walls and
the "gravel" in the washes:
Close-up of a colorful rock wall on the Birdseye
Boulder with holes that look like someone shot it
The large rocks look like they fragment easily.
Note all the colors in just one rock.
Colorful rock fragments in a wash along the Hoodoo
I found the same variety of colors on all the other Red Canyon
Trails, as well as the Fairyland, Queen's Garden, and other trails at
nearby Bryce Canyon National Park.
It's fascinating to read all about the geology of Utah's canyons.
If you have the time and ability, hike all of these trails. End to
end and back to your vehicle either on the same trails or on the paved
bike path across the road is less than three miles. In that short
distance, you'll have seen an amazing variety of colors and shapes of
rocks, interesting plant life, probably some interesting people from
around the world, and perhaps some wildlife.
Next entry: more great Red Canyon trails --
Castle Bridge, Golden Wall, and Tunnel
"Runtrails & Company" - Sue Norwood, Jim O'Neil,
Cody the ultra Lab, and Casey-pup
© 2015 Sue Norwood and Jim O'Neil