Fantasy Canyon is a unique geologic location near Vernal, Utah, famous for intricately weathered and eroded sandstone pillars, hoodoos, and arches. These formations reminded us of Portuguese Manueline or Gaudi-style Art Nouveau architecture.
Photographs from Fantasy Canyon
Other fantasy-type formations
We have photographed other locations with similar types of badland formations. These locations include:
Makoshika State Park
Badlands National Park
Theodore Roosevelt National Park
The Geology of Fantasy Canyon
Differential erosion and weathering of the softer-than-normal sandstone is the reason for these fantastic shapes in the canyon.
This sandstone formed from ancient river deposits that emptied into ancient Lake Uinta between 50 and 30 million years ago in the Eocene Era.
To learn more about the geology of the canyon, go to: https://geology.utah.gov/map-pub/survey-notes/geosights/fantasy-canyon/.
Getting to the Canyon
This miniature canyon is about 43 miles south of Vernal, Utah. Here is a link to Google Map that shows the location of Fantasy Canyon : https://goo.gl/maps/CM37Z5fhvupXr9hY8.
Before you go, please check the weather conditions. These oil service roads become muddy and slippery when it rains. So, be aware of the weather.
To purchase our photos
All of our scenic photographs are available as fine art prints. Use the contact form to the right to get more information. Or, go to our Fine Art Prints page to learn about various pricing options.