Hike • A map of the formations is posted on the kiosk, and there are corresponding metal markers placed on the trail. I took a picture of the list and referred to it on my hike. Kids and adults both will have fun trying to identify the named formations; use your imagination and try to find others in the rocks.
The trail makes a figure eight with two squiggly loops, and there are two trail ends at the trailhead. Take the northern trail east and look for the metal markers; some parts of the trail are hard to find, and some of the markers have toppled. Don't climb formations and try your best to stay on existing trails. The official trail goes east a few hundred feet, bends back west and returns east into the dense part of the formations. At about a quarter-mile, you will see the trail descend south to the deepest and most intricate part of the canyon; this is the junction of the figure eight. If you wish to see Fantasy Canyon from above, don't go downhill but take a footpath uphill to your east to the top of the canyon and follow around its rim to see views of the surrounding area. The trail drops back into the formations near the east end of the canyon, where there is a round bench for resting. The trail exits the formations and continues west to the trailhead.
Less mobile hikers may prefer to skip the trail section above the canyon. You can follow the trail signs downhill and walk east to the round bench to take in the bizarre scenery.
There is no shade in the canyon, and midday summer temperatures can be extremely high. Try to go at night or in the morning during summer. There are no notices forbidding dogs, but the hot, rocky ground likely will be very painful on the paws.
Digital map available at https://drive.google.com/open?id=1stoF143fD_fgoJMDCU-y-c3OLSo&usp=sharing.
Hiking time • 1 hour
Round-trip miles • About 1 mile of exploring
Elevation gain • 75 feet
Difficulty • Easy
Trailhead restrooms • Yes
Dogs allowed • Yes
Bikes allowed • n/a
Fees • Free