Bryce Canyon National Park in southwestern Utah is one of the strangest, weirdest, most beautiful National Parks in the Southwest. Bryce Canyon is a giant natural amphitheater along the Paunsaugunt Plateau created from millions of years of erosion. The unique area has hundreds of tall hoodoos (tall, thin spires of rocks). The region was originally settled by Native Americans and later by Mormon pioneers.
I started from Bryce Point and walked the west half of the loop. Then I continued onto Queens Garden Trail and then got to sunrise point. I saw the shuttle bus sign saying the bus runs to Nov 13. But there was no bus at all. A very nice couple offered me a drive back to my car.
The trail is rewarding with amazing views and unique features. But it can get very steep a lot of times. I am happy that I did this trail. It is a must go in Bryce Canyon.
In my opinion Tower Bridge itself isn't really worth the hike. However the Chinese Wall, which is about halfway on this out and back, definitely is. So if I did it again I'd go to the Chinese Wall and turn back there, saving the time and energy for a second hike.
So cool, very different than Zion and worth a day trip. Not a hard hike but takes some time b/c you're constantly looking up and taking pictures. Also interesting because you start from the top and hike down into the canyon then back out. Sunrise and sunset are really cool to see (light playing over the hoodoos in the canyon) at both lookout points on the rim trail.
What a beautiful place couldn't have had better weather. We went Navajo to sunset and it was a really easy and awe inspiring experience. I definitely recommend this hike. It is everything in one that Bryce has to offer if you only have limited time to spend there.
Absolute beauty. A great workout, gobsmackingly beautiful views, and breathtaking photo ops. I started this trail at Sunset Point and took it counter-clockwise as advised by a park volunteer. The other option is to start at Bryce Point. I combined hiking/trail running with many stops for photos. The trail has good footing for running and a lot of ups, downs, and curves to keep it interesting.
Tips: Take the quick detour to Tower Bridge. It's worth a look and isn't 200 yards in. Don't be fooled by the social trail that continues on past it.
If you want to shorten it by 1.5 miles, do it between Sunset Point and Bryce Point and get the shuttle to return you to the start.
Beautiful trail with many unique features such as arches and windows that make fun photography. A little deceiving as I was expecting the loop to be fairly flat once I made the mile descent, but there were some good elevation changes along the loop as well. I did it as a combination hike/trail run (I am a very fit 62 year old but don't run uphill much) and pushed the pace. Even with stopping for a lot of pictures, I finished in 2 hours. I went out at 8:30 in the morning and the trail was very lightly trafficked.
If you have a day and a half in Bryce, do this and do the Fairyland loop. You won't be disappointed.