First off, I would like to thank David Swindler from Action Photo Tours for guiding us to the Wahweap Hoodoos.
“David is now our “go-to” tour guide when it comes to photographic excursions to the Southwest. David guided us on three tours to Wahweap Hoodoos, Coyote Buttes South, and White Pocket. His knowledge of the area combined with his photographic skills provided our group a “peace of mind” knowing we were safe in these remote areas. Also, the images we captured would not have been obtainable without David’s guidance. We highly recommend David for any photographic tours anywhere in the Southwest.” Gino Creglia, LP Workshops
Wahweap Hoodoos: Grand Staircase-Escalante National Monument
We met David just outside Big Water before sunrise to start our hike through the Wahweap Wash. On the hike, we visited two coves of white hoodoos with the second cove having the famous “Towers of Silence” hoodoo where we spent a lot of time photographing the white stone objects.
Our group was awed by the prehistoric beauty of the white hoodoos. The cap of the hoodoos is Dakota Sandstone, which was a beach of an incoming seaway. It is 100 million years old, and the post of the hoodoos is Entrada Sandstone, which is 160 million years old.
The hike was 9.2 miles, and we probably spend 5 hours total round trip in the Wahweap Wash. Good thing for us there was no rain the night before, so the Wahweap Wash was pretty dry.
Our group enjoyed the hike and the photographic opportunities presented to us that morning. The next time I’m in the Page, Arizona area, I will hike to the white hoodoos again. It’s that spectacular, indeed.
Note: The images on this page were captured using the Leica M10, Leica Summicron-M 50mm f/2, and Leica Elmarit-M 90mm f/2.8 lens. Capture One by Phase One was used to process the RAW files.
Detailed Information on the Wahweap Hoodoos Trail
Not knowing the area, and traveling with a group of people, we played it safe and hired David to guide us to the white hoodoos on the trail.
If you have experience hiking and using a GPS, here is additional information to help navigate you to the Wahweap Hoodoos.
Here is the link to the Wahweap Hoodoos Trail Map:
Here is the link to a detailed overview of the Wahweap Hoodoos Trail:
Safety should always be first when it comes to photographic excursions, especially in the Southwest. Please be safe!!!