Hoodoo rocks are often fantastically shaped, naturally carved rocks or earth pedestals, pillars or columns. The word hoodoo probably derives from voodoo, a West African-based religion in which magical powers can be associated with natural features. Hoodoos conjure up images of strange events.
The southern trench is an important transportation and communication corridor and a popular tourist and recreation area. Mining, forestry and agriculture are important sources of employment. Numerous towns and settlements dot the area, the largest being CRANBROOK, KIMBERLEY and GOLDEN.