Zion Mesa and Hoodoos

Zion Mesa and Hoodoos

Large Sandstone Mesas and strangely shaped rock spires, or "Hoodoos" found in the wonderland that is Zion National Park's East Plateau.

While less common that those found in Bryce Canyon National Park just up the road, hoodoos can be found in Zion National Park too. However, their formation is different in the two parks. In Zion, the hoodoos are capped by a hard of iron and manganese layer laid down by volcanic processes, over softer sandstone laid down by wind deposition when the area was a great dune field. The soft under layers erode while the hard caps protect the hoodoo. The hoodoos will eventually collapse, as can be seen in the foreground of this image.


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