A hoodoo is an eroded spire or pinnacle of rock, complex in shape, often wider at the top than nearer the base. This is a countdown of the top 20 Southwest locations with the best hoodoos.
Arizona's Petrified Forest National Park
is of course famous for the brilliantly-colored fossilized wood found here in great quantities, but the park also contains a section of the Painted Desert
, a mix of badlands, shallow branched washes and eroded sandstone formations, including groups of hoodoos. These tend to be rather small, but are made more impressive by the generally stark, lightly vegetated surroundings. The easiest reached location is the Black Forest
, on the north side of the park (north of I-40), and reached by a 2.5 mile journey, mostly off-trail. The hoodoos and their surroundings are colored a range of light shades of grey and red.
: North of Kachina Point, along the scenic drive - details