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Fantasy Canyon

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Fantasy Canyon is a fascinating little collection of weird, weathered sandstone hoodoos to walk around or climb just south of Vernal, Utah.

This area reminds me a bit of Goblin Valley, Cathedral Gorge, Devil’s Garden, or even Pioneer Park, where you can just explore wherever around the odd hoodoos, rather than a specific route.


Head 3.7 miles on UT-40 east of Vernal and as it turns south towards Naples. Turn right to continue south as the road becomes UT-45 for 20 miles. Turn right onto the improved dirt road Glen Bench Road for 12.6 miles. Turn left and in 4.4 miles you will arrive at Fantasy Canyon. Here is a photo of the type of road you will be driving on.

Fantasy Canyon

Fantasy Canyon is fairly small, but a fun stop, especially for children. There is a sign, restroom and this second view is right from the parking lot, so in that sense the view is partially accessible.

My kids had a great time playing hide ‘n seek while we there! I took a video of them, but here are a few screenshots from it.

Fantasy Canyon Geology

Fantasy Canyon was located on the edge of a lake. The rivers Brough different types of sediment to the lake. The sandstone in this area was created from different materials, so it has eroded into unusual shapes. If you want more information read this description from the Utah Geological Society.

We were there at sunset and with nearly a full moon!

Stats: Distance – 0.1-0.4 miles round trip
Approximate hiking time – 15-60 minutes
Elevation gain – 55 feet
Difficulty – Easy
Trail – dirt and rocks to explore
Bathrooms – At Trailhead
Seasons to hike – Year-round
Permits needed – None
Pets allowed – Yes

Nearby spots are Dinosaur National Monument, Moonshine Arch, Red Fleet, Flaming Gorge, Steinaker Reservoir, and McConkie Ranch Petroglyphs.


We have so much beauty in Utah to explore! I love hiking and photography and can help you find your next favorite hike! All photos were taken by me!

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