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Blue Canyon

Hopi Reservation, Arizona USA

  • Independent
  • Credit Cards
    not Accepted
  • Not Wheelchair
  • No Public
  • No Wifi
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“beautiful badlands”

Blue Canyon is a lengthy, cliff-bound section of Moenkopi Wash in northeast Arizona, part of a branched drainage system that also includes Coal Mine Canyon, Ha Ho No Geh Canyon and Bat Canyon, all cutting into soft, multicolored, sedimentary rocks on the east edge of the Painted Desert near Moenkopi. This remote, uninhabited region spans the border between the Navajo and Hopi reservations, and has become more well known in recent years owing to the incredible array of badlands and eroded rock formations, impressive on both large and small scales; from colorful, sheer-walled ravines with convoluted walls, to tiny hoodoos and innumerable other intricate forms. Blue Canyon is good for smaller features; although quite a long drainage (15 miles), most is through rather featureless badlands containing patches of bluish clay and scattered groups of hoodoos, but without much of interest. The section usually visited is at the downstream end, where the canyon is crossed by Indian Route 7; here the sandstone is red and white rather than blue, but the colors are combined in many contrasting ways, and the rocks are eroded into an amazing assortment of rounded or pointed shapes. The region is similar to Goblin Valley in Utah but has the added attraction of color variation. There are many places suitable for primitive camping in this area, and no nearby residents to consider, however, as of 2014, both a permit and an accompanying guide are required. All the canyon and its access roads are on land of the Hopi Reservation, and the tribe have in recent years become concerned at the increasing number of backcountry visitors. Guides can be arranged via the tribal government center in Kykotsmovi Village.

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Reviewed by
Two-Eyed Willy

  • 2 Reviews
  • 3 Helpful
June 27, 2016
Rated 2.0

This place is beautiful, but you will very very easily get stuck in sand on your way there (two ways in, both ways have sandy stretches of road that you need to gun and basically risk your life in order to get across, assuming you don't have an off-road friendly vehicle, which you will just have to gun a little less).
Got stuck in the sand for 2 hours until some very kind locals came around the bend and helped us out of it. Sunburns, stress, and delayed schedules all around.

Tldr: Beautiful, but don't go unless you have an off-road vehicle and stuntman skills. If you don't nail it and get stuck in the sand, you will likely be stuck with no service and no one to help you out for at least a couple hours.

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Blue Canyon

Hopi Reservation

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  • Independent
  • Credit Cards not Accepted
  • Not Wheelchair Accessible
  • No Public Restrooms
  • No Wifi
  • Private Parking
  • Yes Parking
  • Not Haunted
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