Off the side of the US-89 between Springdale and Page I noticed a tiny little sign that said The Toadstools of Grand Staircase National Park. I was immediately intrigued, pulled a U-turn and pulled into the tiny and almost unnoticeable parking lot. I figured there had to mean some sort of rock that looked like a toadstool, but nothing could have prepared me for what I was about to walk into.
As I approached the Toadstools of Grand Staircase National Park I felt more and more like I had left earth and somehow landed myself on the moon! The entire area looked completely lunar with different rock formations, crevices and craters…not to mention the giant toadstool shaped rock formations jutting up in random places!
On my way out I read the information board and learned that the toadstools at Grand Staircase National Park are created when boulders roll off of the surrounding cliffs.
The boulders are comprised of dakota sandstone (the lighter material) and entrada sandstone (the brown material) which is much hardier than the dakota sandstone. This means that over time the boulders erode into these toadstool shapes!