Caprock Canyon Hoodoo's

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Caprock Canyon Hoodoo's

 Caprock Canyons State Park is full of scenic views and fantastic rock formations called hoodoos. Hoodoos are natural sculptures beginning as small cracks that grow over time. These delicate and amazing sculptures are created through weathering. Wind and water erode soft rock underneath harder rock areas. The hard rock protects areas of the softer rock from the elements. Hoodoos are also known as tent rocks, fairy chimneys, or earth pyramids. In time, erosion will cause the cap of hard rock to be undercut and fall off.

Hoodoos are often found in dry areas. They can be as tall as a man or grow higher than a ten story building. The minerals in the layers of rock allow hoodoos to become different colors as they grow. The age of the earth is exposed in the colors of each hoodoo layer. Hoodoos are created through erosion and weathering. Freeze and thaw cycles can contribute to their formation. Another process that causes erosion is rain. Rain can be slightly acidic, dissolving rock more quickly. Heavy rains also remove rock debris at a faster rate. In fact, hoodoos do not last long. The same process of erosion and weathering that creates hoodoos, also destroys hoodoos much like they are made. Geologists suggest that Caprock Canyons is eroding at about one half an inch each year.

Caprock Canyons contains several hoodoos. The most scenic is known as “The Last Dance.” This hoodoo resembles a couple dancing. The Last Dance is located along the Upper North Prong Trail. This is just one of the park’s more well known hoodoos. Others can be found throughout the park. Hoodoos vary widely in shape and size. They can consist of large boulder shapes perched atop thin towers. Some are thin at the top and become fat at the base. These formations are often referred to as nature’s Totem Poles. The canyons along the edge of the Llano Estacado create the perfect home for beautiful hoodoos. Palo Duro Canyon, not far from Caprock Canyons, is the home of the famous hoodoo, The Lighthouse. This tiny finger of rock rises 310 feet from the canyon floor.

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