Unusual rock formations are always appealing to me and my camera arsenal. Join me as I check out the Hoodoos! They rise out of the canyon walls all around the Drumheller valley; giant mushroom pillars of rock clinging to the flaky clay slopes. They are a magnet for tourists with expensive cameras and spoiled children.
Hoodoos, unlike mushrooms which sprout everywhere after much rain, are formed over millions of years of erosion. I have heard that these rock formations were named Hoodoos by early Europeans in Canada because it sounds like “voodoo”, and some aboriginal stories mention nocturnal stone giants with ill intentions for night travelers. The rock on top of each formation prevents the shale base from eroding in the rain and weather, but if the “cap” is dislodged, the Hoodoos begin to wear away relatively quickly.
I remember coming to this spot nearly thirty years ago and there were several more Hoodoos standing here, but stories of vandals knocking the tops off are not hard to believe. Tourists regularly climb to the top of the valley behind these pronounced formation, but climbing on the Hoodoos themselves is not acceptable.
The most popular spot for viewing Hoodoos is on the aptly named “Hoodoo Trail” (aka Highway 10 South), South East of Drumheller.